What is it about?

This qualitative study was designed to identify African American early adolescents’ subjective meanings of African American women’s sexuality through an examination of Stephens & Phillips (2003) sexual images. The Diva, Gold Digger, Freak, Dyke, Gangster Bitch, Sister Savior, Earth Mother, and Baby Mama sexual images both inform and reflect adolescents beliefs about African American women’s physical attractiveness. Decisions about who to date and who to have sex with (including condom use) were influenced by these conceptual frameworks of African American women’s sexuality.

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Why is it important?

Few studies examine how sexual scripts shape the decision making of this population. Sexual scripts are particularly influential for populations with little sexual experience or knowledge- like those studied here.

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This provides insights into early adolescents perceptions of sexuality and mainstream Hip Hop.

Dr. Dionne P Stephens
Florida International University

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This page is a summary of: The Effects of Images of African American Women in Hip Hop on Early Adolescents’ Attitudes Toward Physical Attractiveness and Interpersonal Relationships, Sex Roles, February 2007, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11199-006-9145-5.
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