Date of Award
Master of Arts
Drawing on evocative autoethnographic accounts of cruising for sex in public, this paper examines the cruising subculture within gay culture as a voluntary risk-taking leisure activity and thereby a form of edgework. Traditionally, edgework has been conceptualized along gendered lines, which associate risk with masculinized and feminized forms of risk-taking. Therefore, this paper also seeks to push the theoretical conceptualization of edgework beyond the gendered interpretations associated with the theory by using queer theory to re-examine the order/chaos binary along the heterosexual/homosexual edge of sexual identity. By queering edgework, cruising becomes a voluntary risk-taking leisure activity that both shatters and reifies sexual identity along this heterosexual/homosexual edge.
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Richardson, Jacob Wesley, "Queering Edgework: An Autoethnographic Account of Cruising for Sex" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3105.
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