Women's Sexual Behavior In Tourism: Loosening The Bridle

Liza Berdychevsky, Heather Gibson, Yaniv Poria

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This study explored the meanings, perceptions, and feelings assigned by women to their sexual behavior in tourism. The findings from 21 in-depth semi-structured interviews reveal that the tourist experiences were perceived as a liminoid and 'chora' time-space where women could explore sexual behavior either with steady or casual sexual partners, and recreate their selves through alternative sexual behavior. The changes in women's sexual behavior were interpreted as resistance to gendered expectations of appropriate sexual behavior. Resistance gave rise to feelings of adventurousness, challenge, control, and empowerment. Post-structuralist lens of power relations, as well as the concepts of front and back regions, performativity, and existential authenticity were adopted to conceptualize the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-85
Number of pages21
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Empowerment
  • Resistance
  • Surveillance
  • Women's sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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