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.


Findings from this study are particularly important given the lack of research on sexual scripting among this population, filling a void of knowledge related to race and variations in beliefs and attitudes about sexuality.

Dr. Dionne P Stephens
Florida International University

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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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