What is it about?
This qualitative study identifies African American preadolescents’ acceptance and usage of Stephens and Phillips (2003) sexual scripts—the Diva, Gold Digger, Freak, Dyke, Gangster Bitch, Sister Savior, Earth Mother, and Baby Mama. These eight sexual scripts were found to be recognized and have shared meanings about sexual behaviors for participants. In turn, these were found to influence participants’ conceptualizations of their own and general African American female sexuality, which differed significantly according to gender.
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Why is it important?
Sexual scripts serve as guidelines for sexual behaviors, particularly among those with little sexual experience or knowledge. Preadolescents are often in need of guidelines like these.
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This page is a summary of: Hip Hop Honey or Video Ho: African American Preadolescents’ Understanding of Female Sexual Scripts in Hip Hop Culture, Sexuality & Culture, October 2007, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s12119-007-9012-8.
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Freaks, Gold Diggers, Divas & Dykes: The Socio Historical construction of Black Woman's Sexuality in Mainstream Hip Hop
Mainstream Hip Hop culture has played pivotal role in presenting meanings individuals give to adolescent African American women's sexual health experiences. However, it is important to look at how their images have been framed within a racialized and sexualized socio historical context to recognize that these are not new presentations. Rather, this is part of a long history of the sexualization of Black women. The remnants of the foundational Jezebel, Mammy, Matriarch, and Welfare Mother images of African American womanhood remain today, as exemplified by similar, yet more sexually explicit scripts that include the Freak, Gold Digger, Diva, and Dyke. This talk explores the historical development of current sexual scripts for young Black women in mainstream Hip Hop culture. The relevance of these current sexual scripts to sexual identity development, sexual risk-taking behaviors, and interpersonal relationship dynamics are also addressed.
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