Term of Award

Spring 2002

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Delores D. Liston

Committee Member 1

Marla Morris

Committee Member 2

Dorothy A. Battle

Committee Member 3

Steve Mortenson

Committee Member 4

Natalie Adams


This research is concerned with the practice of labeling young women with adverse sexual labels. The practice of labeling young women is a form of sexual harassment that effects the lives of not only the young women who receive the labels, but serves to perpetuate the sexual double standard prevalent in our culture that positions men and women unequally. This study presents the stories of twelve women aged 25-35 as they reflect back on their experiences with receiving such a label while in school. Through the use of interviews, the women discuss their particular experiences with attaining the label and also discuss how such a label has effected their self-concepts and life choices. The women also recount how their school staff treated the issue of sexual labeling. Their stories represent some of the painful consequences the attainment of sexual labels can have for women.


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