Study of Poor Black Youth Finds Open Disdain for Women

march 17, 2004  07:09 pm
Hoochie mama, 'hood rat, 'ho, gold digger. When The Village Voice writer Thulani Davis watched videotaped focus groups, it struck her that none of the 15 terms low-income African American teens used to describe females was positive. The cultural impact of such hard attitudes is early sex without intimacy, a high incidence of AIDS, and devaluation of women by both men and themselves. Having multiple partners was a way to combat the sense of worthlessness, some female teens said. Others tried to escape mistreatment from men by engaging in openly homosexual relationships. Davis comments on the findings of a study by Philadelphia research company Motivational Educational Entertainment.