Background: The sexual and reproductive health of African American women has been compromised due to multiple experiences of racism, including discriminatory healthcare practices from slavery through the post-Civil Rights era. However, studies rarely consider how the historical underpinnings of racism negatively influence the present-day health outcomes of African American women. Although some improvements to ensure equitable healthcare have been made, these historical influences provide an unexplored context for illuminating present-day epidemiology of sexual and reproductive health disparities among African American women.
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As a black woman, the very act of existing is stressful. I feel the stress of being a black woman in my bones. My brain buzzes on alert with everyday frustrations and painful past memories even when I sleep.
Photo by Catherine Kirk. If you closed your eyes and visualized sexual liberation for people of color, what would it look like—the actual bodies, scenes, and acts? I picture myself sitting on a huge bed. My past and future partners fawn over my every word as I describe the most intricate, dirty ways to make me come.
For centuries, black women have been perceived as hypersexual. Like all women, many of us have internalized this negatively-portrayed overt sexuality, making us embarrassed to rejoice in ourselves. Our bodies are not for public consumption.
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Reader comments are listed below. Comments are currently closed and new comments are no longer being accepted. I find some of the comments here -particularly from the women- rather disturbing.
To many in the viewing public, the black women alleging abuse by Kelly are victims — but with an asterisk. These women must be either making bad decisions or chasing celebrity or fame. Black women are particularly vulnerable to entering and remaining in cycles of abuse for a number of reasons.