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Women, Anger and Tourism

Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: 30 September 2019

Annals of Leisure Research

Annals of Leisure Research is aimed at an international readership and seeks theoretical or applied articles which cover any topic within the broad area of leisure studies, including recreation, tourism, hospitality, the arts, outdoor recreation, events, entertainment, sport, culture and play.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States, an election outcome which was met with collective feelings of outrage, sadness, shock, and fear.  However, prior to Election Day, the rise of his candidacy garnered anger at many turns as he seemingly systematically belittled and belied many groups within society including but not limited to immigrants, refugees, Muslims, the Black community, inner-city poor, populations with varying abilities, Democrats, scientists, members of the LGBTQ community, and women.  A particularly profound moment relative to his view of women was the release of the Access Hollywood tapes in which then-candidate Trump was heard bragging in lewd terms about how with his fame, came the ability to easily sexually assault women.  When he was elected, it spurred a movement of resistance manifested in many ways, not the least of which was the Women’s March (https://www.womensmarch.com/), a form of solidarity tourism or resistance tourism seen globally.  

Prior to the spectacle of President Trump’s candidacy and election, in 2005, actor Bill Cosby was accused of sexual assault. More recently, many other celebrities, journalists, and people in other positions of power have been publicly accused by both women and men of sexual harassment and sexual assault, sparking the #MeToo movement and #TimesUp.  While safety has always been a concern for female travelers, within the era of #MeToo, harassment while traveling has now been brought into the spotlight.  Kate Hennessy, a writer from an online travel “zine”, Adventure.com, narrates her negative experience traveling through Morocco (and many other countries) and enumerates the many ways women are held responsible for or provided tips on how to stay safe, “put[ting] the exhausting onus on women to ‘avoid’ being raped, groped, harassed, catcalled or even noticed, instead of on the perpetrators” (Hennessy, 2018, para. 22).  

Most recently, with the swearing-in of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite multiple reports of drunkenness, unbecoming behavior, bi-partisanship, and sexual assault, another wave of anger swelled among men and women alike.  Reflecting a swelling public sense of anger are several current popular media books, such as Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger (Traister, 2018), Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger (Chemaly, 2018), Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (Cooper, 2018), Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward (Hartley, 2018), and Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Manne, 2017).  Within the tourism, recreation, and leisure literature, however, there remains a void in addressing how various publics are processing, reacting to, and altering behavior because of their anger at current world events.  The rise of nationalist politics,  xenophobia, and human rights violations stretches well beyond the U.S. and is seen in countries in South and Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.  How does tourism play a role in dealing with fear and anger, both individually and collectively, how does fear and anger affect the tourism industry, and how is the industry in turn reacting to public fear and anger?

While the specific events above are drawn from recent public and political experiences within the U.S., we invite and welcome global perspectives from personal, professional, and academia/higher education. This special issue seeks to critically explore, encourage discussion, and contribute to the study of the intersectionality between women, anger, and tourism.  Many activities concerned with the expression of anger and healing from incidents that cause anger are related to travel and tourism. More specifically, we invite contributions related to the lived experiences of female travelers with regards to micro and macro-aggressions, sexual harassment issues, issues of safety, healing through travel, solidarity tourism, and experiences of women travelling to deal with issues that induced anger (i.e. emotional or physical abuse, sexual assault, harassment). Paper submissions may cover a broad range of themes demonstrated through theoretical work,  empirical research, as well as case studies and comparative perspectives. We seek an international collection of female and male scholars and researchers for a global examination of this topic. Appropriate topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to,  the following:

  • Safety of women travelers/ initiatives related to creating safer travel spaces
  • Experiences of sexual harassment and assault of female travelers
  • Solidarity tourism movements related to women
  • Major protest events (e.g. Women’s March) inspired by women’s anger
  • Social media platforms for sharing narratives/experiences of traveling as a female traveler
  • Women seeking healing through travel/tourism
  • Backlash to public anger from women
  • The impact of politics on women travelling
  • Issues of intersectionality across race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability and women travelling
  • Human trafficking and female anger
  • Barriers/challenges of women managers/management level in the tourism industry
  • Barriers/challenges of researchers/faculty/graduate students within tourism higher education

Submission guidelines

Key Dates and Submission Information

Please send proposed paper title, name of author/s and an abstract of no more than 300 words to the Guest editors, Dr. Carol Kline (klinecs@appstate.edu), Dr. Stefanie Benjamin (sbenjam1@utk.edu) and Dr. Alana Dillette (adillette@sdsu.edu)  by 30 September 2019.


17 June 2019 – Opening of the call for papers

30 September 2019 – Expression of interest

5 October 2019 – Answer about status of work

31 January 2020 – Submission of full papers by authors

2021 – Publication of the Special Issue on Women, Anger, and Tourism



Hennessy, Kate (Oct 1, 2018). Has #MeToo changed how women experience travel? Adventure.com Retrieved from https://adventure.com/travel-before-after-metoo/