Intersectionality theorists and researchers suggest the importance of examining unique stereotypes associated with intersecting group identities. We focus on the unique stereotypes of Black women in the United States related to sexuality and motherhood. In an online experimental study, undergraduates from a Northeastern U. White and pregnancy status pregnant vs. A Black female target pregnant or not was perceived more negatively on items related to historically rooted societal stereotypes about sexual activity, sexual risk, motherhood status, and socioeconomic status than was a White female target, but there were no differences on items unrelated to societal stereotypes. A Black target described as pregnant was also perceived as more likely to be a single mother and to need public assistance than was a White target described as pregnant. Current findings, along with evidence that societal stereotypes have damaging effects, underscore the importance of diversifying images of Black women and increasing awareness of how stereotypes affect perceptions of Black women. Findings also highlight the value of research employing intersectionality to understand stereotypes.
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Be on the lookout for great stories from Fusion, right to your inbox. The expectant mother kneeled in the small inflatable pool as the father-to-be sat behind her, smiling. As Ford guided the young couple in her office on the outskirts of Atlanta, a group of pregnant women and their partners watched from nearby couches. Ford has worked as a midwife for twenty-four years, providing a personalized touch to childbirth that her clients, most of whom are African American, say is hard to find. The numbers have been on the rise since , with some 17 pregnancy-related deaths per every , live births, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control data. That might not seem like a lot, but the numbers put the U. Break apart those stats, and the picture gets worse. Black women are nearly four times more likely to die in connection with pregnancy and birth than white women. The Centers for Disease Control includes deaths related to the pregnancy up to one year after. The disparity partially reflects socioeconomic gaps: financial inequality and an often-related lack of access to prenatal and other healthcare.
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Pregnancy in art covers any artistic work that portrays pregnancy. In art as in life, it is often unclear whether an actual state of pregnancy is intended to be shown. A common visual indication is the gesture of the woman placing a protective open hand on her abdomen.