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Solo female travelers face many constraints to leisure, such as threats to their physical safety. Much research has examined how women negotiate constraints, and more research is starting to examine how a sense of empowerment and agency shapes action.

This study sought to understand how solo female travelers manage risk, such as unwanted male attention and explicit male harassment while traveling solo. Analysis of discussion posts among women on an active solo female social media group revealed strikingly different ways women address and act toward risk. Results indicate that women either adopted an attitude and actions of precaution or a stance of violence and retaliation. A number of women chose to lie, assimilate, or ignore men.

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“Seriously, shit has to change.” Spatial Constraint Negotiation among Solo Female Travelers

Solo female travelers face many constraints to leisure, such as threats to their physical safety. Much research has examined how women negotiate constraints, and more research is starting to examine how a sense of empowerment and agency shapes action.

This study sought to understand how solo female travelers manage risk, such as unwanted male attention and explicit male harassment while traveling solo. Analysis of discussion posts among women on an active solo female social media group revealed strikingly different ways women address and act toward risk. Results indicate that women either adopted an attitude and actions of precaution or a stance of violence and retaliation. A number of women chose to lie, assimilate, or ignore men.