“I Can’t Even Wear a Simple Dress in Peace”: A Digital Ethnography of Black Adolescent Female Experiences Navigating Gender-Based Violence
This study explored how Black females make meaning of their experiences with threats of sexual and gender-based violence while navigating urban community contexts using the framework of intersectionality.
Data derived from podcast episodes of audiorecorded focus group and dyad discussions were guided by two central aims: (a) how Black adolescent females describe their daily experiences living in an urban community, and (b) understand Black adolescent female perceptions of other peoples’ perspectives of their realities.
Digital ethnographic methods were used to examine podcast episodes. Findings: Findings were categorized across three themes: attracting unwanted attention; feelings of limited occupational opportunities; and coping strategies related to sexual assault.
Overall, Black adolescent females discuss their daily strategies and thought processes as a means of survival within the urban context. Social work implications are discussed.