Analyzing the Intersection Between Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Romantic Relationships on PWIs

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Analyzing the Intersection Between Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Romantic Relationships on PWIs

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Presenter(s)

Amira Celeste Fitzpatrick

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Presentation: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., St. Joseph's Hall 025

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The intersection between race and gender is important because it makes romantic experiences unique based on which identities individuals hold and which groups they belong to. Because Black women face racist, sexist, and classist oppression simultaneously, their concerns and needs are distinct from white women and Black men. My research explores the intersection between race, gender, and sexual orientation and its impact on romantic relationships on college campuses. Although there is research surrounding college students’ dating preferences, much of this research neglects the experiences of people of color, particularly Black women. The purpose of this study is to analyze the unique ways Black women experience romance and relationships, and how they are impacted by other identities and college demographics. The participants include undergraduate participants at UD who are over the age of 18 and self-identify as Black, female, and heterosexual. Four separate focus groups, held at the Women's Center, were recorded through a handheld recorder then transcribed via Temi, a speech recognition software. The data were coded using an inductive approach and then assigned different codes to different excerpts. Results explore the ways that female African American college students’ dating and sexual experiences have been impacted in regards to their racial identity.

Publication Date

4-20-2022

Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Anya M. Galli Robertson, Leslie H. Picca

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Keywords

Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Reduced Inequalities

Analyzing the Intersection Between Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Romantic Relationships on PWIs

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