While this post isn't meant to bash the male gender, it is meant to bring light to the fact that women must be on their guard during travel. Thanks to technology (and social networking), perhaps fear has the potential to subside.
According to a recent New York Times article, Ihollaback.org is a social networking site
that encourages women to share stories and provide data about harassment so they can map locations where it occurred. The most impressive thing about the fight-back phenomenon is the youthful determination to organize and take concerted action about a problem that female travelers have long faced on the road, often alone and without recourse.
Because of this website, and other websites that are being created for the same purpose, women have the opportunity to inform and help each other on a global level. This website is an example of how social networking sites can be used to ensure support for users and provide a sense of security that no matter where we go in the world (or how many moments of discomfort we may have when traveling), there are other women who are looking out for us because they've been there and done that.