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Urban Sexism: Teens and Young Women in the City

Arnaud Alessandrin, Johanna Dagorn

Research Framework: This article revisits a recent survey conducted by Alessandrin, Franquet and Dagorn (2016) about women’s travels in the city.

Objectives: The objective of this article is to highlight the way teenagers and students use the city.

Methodology: This survey is based on 5,210 questionnaires, of which 13.8% of the respondents were minors and 51.3% were women aged 20 to 25 years. In addition to this methodological device, focus groups, exploratory walks and observations in the greater city area and its public spaces was investigated (Bordeaux and its agglomeration).

Results: This survey investigates the central notions of age and gender and apprehension about urban environments and travels in the city. While teenagers and young women say they feel comfortable in the city, they are the ones who are the most often the victims of sexist attacks, discrimination and harassment in public spaces.

Conclusions: In conclusion, this article highlights the use the city and it investigates the urban climate as perceived teens and young women. It also encourages a differentiation between ‘students’ and ‘high school students’ and it strongly questions the social spaces of youth in the expression of sexist phenomena.

Contribution: Based on recent empirical data and extensive quantitative research, this research sheds light on the relationship of girls to the city in a context of social and political discussion around the notion of « harassment ».