The Impact of Media on the Sexual Self-Concept of Black Women

Shayla D Tumbling, Tennessee State University


Black women’s sexuality has been researched for several decades and has provided a growing field of study in the area of Black women’s sexual experiences. One of the challenges that research in this field faced was a deficit-based focus. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between media exposure to stereotypical images and its impact upon the sexual self-concept of Black women while contributing to a sex-positive focus on Black women’s sexuality. Sexual self-concept is an important multidimensional construct that describes an individual’s overall view of themselves as a sexual person. Utilizing a Black Feminist Thought and Intersectionality framework, this research study addressed one aim; to examine the association between media exposure and level of one’s sexual self-concept. This quantitative cross-sectional study used data gathered from 128 Black identified women ages 18 and older. Statistical analyses were conducted using SPSS and revealed there was no significant relationship between the variables. This research expanded the body of knowledge from a sex-positive lens in the field of Black women’s sexuality. Implications for future research are discussed.

Subject Area

Counseling Psychology|Black studies|Sexuality|Womens studies|Mass communications

Recommended Citation

Shayla D Tumbling, "The Impact of Media on the Sexual Self-Concept of Black Women" (2022). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI29257105.