ED. NOTE: Not all the teens interviewed by FRONTLINE or, who appeared in the FRONTLINE
program, were exposed or even connected to the syphilis outbreak; in fact,
many of the younger teens didn't know about the strange events that occurred in
Rockdale County in the spring and summer of 1996.
It seems like girls who have a lot of sex have a worse reputation than guys.
Is that true?
Katy: Mm hmm.
I mean if a guy does that nobody what...
Katy: If a guy does that then they're considered a pimp cause they get all
these girls. A girl does that and they're considered a slut.
Brandi: Yeah, girls can sleep with the same amount of guys that guys can sleep
with girls and they will be called the biggest slut, the biggest ho, but the
guy is the pimp and the yeah, you know, you're the man. They get props for it
but we get lowered for it. So it's not fair.
Well what's worse a slut or a pimp?
Katy: A slut. A pimp's good. Like, if you're like walkin' down the street
and you see a guy with like four girls around him you're like, 'man, that that
guy's probably got somethin' goin' on' you know. 'He's real cool. He got he
he' ah, excuse me. 'He's got all these girls.' A girl walks around with like
four guys it's like 'look at that little slut.' That's that's not good.
That doesn't seem fair.
Katy: It's not. Girls can't stand it, but that's how we have to live.
Jenny: Sometimes I think they just call girls ho's just because we're girls.
And that's just what they see us as. I'm not really sure. I wish I knew--just
for me to know why they're callin' everybody ho's. Because I don't think that
a lot of girls are ho's.
Brandy: It makes me angry, but it makes me sad, too, because you know I really
want a guy relationship just like a best friend--a guy that you can just talk
to-- but you can't because guys will come out, I mean they'll just look at you
and they'll just, they'll ask you, I mean, you know, You wanna have you wanna
have sex, you know. And at different times they'll just be so disrespectful
they'll just you know give me head stuff like that. I mean they are just so
disrespectful to girls and all they do is talk that's all they want is sex.
And they talk about girl's bodies you know. You walk by you can't
have guy, you can't walk by a guy without them sayin' somethin' nasty
Do you think that guys respect girls? Guys your age?
Jenny: My age? No. Not at all. Even those that aren't my age, that are
twenty-one, I still don't think they respect girls. I mean, there's very few
of them that you'll find that do respect them. . . There's not very many of
'em. You're lucky if you get one I think.
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