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Thursday 22nd of October 2020

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Listening to Black Women and Girls: Lived Experiences of Adultification Bias


Jamilia J. Blake PH.D, Rebecca Epstein, J.D.
Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

Abstract

In June 2017, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality released Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, a report that presented the findings from our quantitative analysis of a form of gendered racial bias against Black girls: adultification. This bias is a stereotype in which adults view Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers, devoid of any individualized context. In other words, adultification bias is not an evaluation of maturity based on observation of an individual girl’s behavior, but instead is a presumption — a typology applied generally to Black girls.

Scope

National - United States

Year Language

2019 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Report

Keywords

Minorities, Minors, Racism

Format

Pdf file

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