‘Guys! Stop doing it!’: Young women’s adoption and rejection of safety advice when socializing in bars, pubs, clubs and implications for future campaigns

Brooks, O. (2017) ‘Guys! Stop doing it!’: Young women’s adoption and rejection of safety advice when socializing in bars, pubs, clubs and implications for future campaigns. In: Lombard, N. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence. Routledge. ISBN 9781472483515

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Abstract

Concern about the increase in alcohol consumption amongst young women, drink spiking and drug-assisted sexual assault have culminated in a renewed focus on safety advice for young women. This chapter examines young women's responses to safety advice, and their associated safety behaviours, by drawing upon interview and focus group data from a qualitative study with 35 young women (18–25 years) in relation to their safety in bars, pubs and clubs. The findings reveal that young women's behaviours were complex and contradictory in that they resisted, adopted and transgressed recommended safety behaviours. This raises interesting questions about both the practical and the theoretical implications of contemporary safety campaigns, challenging the prevailing focus on women's behaviour and the gendered discourse invoked by such campaigns. The chapter concludes by considering the implications of these findings for, and developments in, safety campaigns directed at young women.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brooks, Dr Oona
Authors: Brooks, O.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:9781472483515
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Routledge
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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