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Unwanted Sexual Attention in the Night-Time Economy: Behaviors, Safety Strategies, and Conceptualizing “Feisty Femininity”

Gunby, C, Carline, A, Taylor, S and Gosling, H (2019) Unwanted Sexual Attention in the Night-Time Economy: Behaviors, Safety Strategies, and Conceptualizing “Feisty Femininity”. Feminist Criminology. ISSN 1557-0851

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Abstract

Almost nothing is known about “unwanted sexual attention” and women’s navigation of it when in bars and nightclubs. Using focus group discussions, this article addresses that gap. It develops knowledge of the behaviors that constitute unwanted, the safety strategies used to manage them, and examines how these practices underpin gender performance in night-time spaces: environments renowned for the dilemmas they pose to women. We then use these data to develop the concept “feisty femininity” to highlight a neglected form of femininity that overtly resists unwanted encounters. This femininity can arguably play a role in efforts aimed at ending gendered violence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2019 09:40
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 09:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/1557085119865027
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11161

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