University of Maryland DRUM  
University of Maryland Digital Repository at the University of Maryland

Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM) >
McNair Scholars Undergraduate Research Journal >
McNair Scholars Undergraduate Research Journal, 2010, Vol. 2 >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903/10728

Title: Scholarship and Empowerment in the Age of the Video Vixen: Promoting Black Adolescent Females’ Academic Success
Authors: Stevenson, Stephanie
Advisors: Parks, Sheri
Type: Article
Keywords: African American
Sexuality
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: The University of Maryland McNair Scholars Undergraduate Research Journal, 2, (2010): 269-286.
Abstract: Throughout American history, popular culture and some academic disciplines have created limited characterizations of low income, urban, Black adolescent females as hypersexual vixens who are at risk for early sexual activity and low academic achievement. The promulgation of these negative sexual myths may cause Black adolescent females to internalize these myths and perform sexually explicit roles at an early age; consequently increasing their chances of low academic achievement. The purpose of the future ethnographic/self ethnographic study is to explore the ways that cultural framers such as: families (with emphasis on Black mothers) and the media influence Black adolescent females’ motivation to obtain academic success, and resist or accept negative sexual myths. The researcher will use the framing theory and expectancy value theory to explore these relationships. The study will observe Black adolescent females that attend public middle schools in urban areas within the Baltimore/ Washington, D.C metropolitan area. The researcher will consider how racial, gender, and class socialization may frame the adolescents’ life experiences and the methods that they use to construct their identities, value systems, and resistance strategies to combat negative sexual myths.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1903/10728
Appears in Collections:McNair Scholars Undergraduate Research Journal, 2010, Vol. 2

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormatNo. of Downloads
StevensonS.pdf1.53 MBAdobe PDF2355View/Open

All items in DRUM are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved.

 

DRUM is brought to you by the University of Maryland Libraries
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7011 (301)314-1328.
Please send us your comments