What happens in Tenerife, stays in Tenerife: understanding women's sexual behaviour on holiday

Thomas, Michelle (2005) What happens in Tenerife, stays in Tenerife: understanding women's sexual behaviour on holiday. Culture, Health and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, 7 (6). pp. 571-584. ISSN 13691058

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

Recent research has drawn attention to the epidemiological importance of international travel in the spread of HIV. Drawing on data generated in focus groups and in depth interviews with women holiday travellers, this paper explores the context of sexual risk behaviour of women on holiday. These data suggest that freedom from the constraints and realities of domestic life is a crucial aspect of the holiday experience. It is argued that holidays are a ‘liminoid period’ in which norms of behaviour are temporarily abandoned. Furthermore, on holiday, time becomes ‘compressed’. Thus relationships follow a similar pattern to that they would at home however over a much shorter time period. Time compression and liminality lead to the rapid establishment of trust in new relationships. This has implications for sexual risk: women have sexual intercourse more quickly with a new partner on holiday than they do at home. Unqualified trust in relative strangers also raises issues for women's general safety.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Michelle Thomas
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:17
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2012 08:52
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19903
📧 Request an update