Early adolescent African American girls’ perceptions of virginity and romantic relationships
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Nationally, African American AA girls aged 15 to 19 have the highest incidence of Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis compared to White and Hispanic girls of the same age group. To address this STI epidemic, it is imperative to target AA girls during early adolescence and before sexual debut. A convenience sample of 64 participants was recruited through community-based organizations in Alabama. Data were collected using individual interviews and focus groups. Individual interview focused on 1 values and beliefs about being a virgin, 2 choosing boyfriends, and 3 perceptions about good and bad relationships.
Just a few decades ago, this question would have been easy to answer but not so much now in the s with the rise of gender equality and the subsequent attenuation of patriarchy. Before attempting to even answer that, another question should be asked: Whose virginity is in question? Back when patriarchy stood proud and unquestioned, men had property interests in the sexuality of women.
Perched on a platform tucked in the branches of a marula tree, I slid into downward dog as lions roared and elephants trumpeted in the distance. I inhaled and reach my arms overhead towards the leaves and the stars still twinkling in the South African sky above me. I had never felt so alive.