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Power is enacted to oppress others, pursue wellness, or resist oppression. For Black people, societal and relational oppression influences racialized and gendered expressions of power within sexual encounters. The current study analyzed power dynamics within Black university students’ first and most recent sexual encounters. Using narrative inquiry within a critical paradigm, five narrative strategies were identified within participants’ interviews: 1) Offering a Peek into Powerlessness, 2) Detailing Disempowerment, 3) Privileging Stereotypical Power, 4) Reclaiming Power, and 5) Emphasizing Empowered Sex. Racialized, gendered sexual socialization among Black students is discussed. Counseling considerations to increase sexual wellness for Black people are explored.
Hargons, C., Mosley, D., Meiller, C., Dogan, J., Stuck, J., Montique, C., Malone, N., Bohmer, C., Sullivan, Q., Sanchez, A., Oluokun, J., & Stevens-Watkins, D. (2021). “No One Can Make that Choice for You”: Exploring Power in the Sexual Narratives of Black Collegians. Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, 2 (2), 80-92. https://doi.org/10.34296/02021040