Women of African Descent have faced too much scrutiny when expressing healthy sexuality.
Despite my not being a fan of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s music, I will stand behind their ability to engage in their sexuality and their freedom to express themselves creatively. Last week, the music video for “WAP” was released to some questionable resistance.
We can entertain the ideologies surrounding sexuality, femininity, and vulgarity all that we wish, but until we unpack the layers surrounding Black women, we’re never going to get to true understanding. Historically, sexuality and Black women have been public domain. Not only is a healthy sexuality natural, but it’s also a form of agency. Unfortunately, we forget the alternative that still reigns: rape culture. Recent statistics present that one in four Black girls will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Not to mention, one in five Black women are survivors of rape, but for every one rape that is reported, at least 15 Black women do not report their sexual assault experience. Even more detrimental is the looming presence of sexual assault within the LGBTQ+ community.
Not only is a healthy sexuality natural, but it’s also a form of agency.
The lyrics behind “WAP” are descriptive, but the outrage surrounding women of African descent proclaiming how they enjoy their sexual relationships and have fun needs to stop. For far too long, societal dictations have expressed how Black women need to behave to be treated with respect when there are fewer examples of this actually happening. Americans had the most educated First Lady in American history during the Obama Administration, yet Michelle Obama was still equated with antiquated animal imagery and demeaned in ways that are completely unacceptable.
Black women have been objectified and dehumanized in the most damaging ways.
Upon the presidential election of Donald Trump, Melania was received with such commentary on her femininity and…