On May 25, George Floyd died, calling for his mother and gasping for breath. The agonizing moments were captured on camera and shared with the world. When black husbands, fathers, sons, and neighbors fall victim to law enforcement, often black wives, daughters, mothers, and girlfriends pick up the pieces. Sometimes the weight is too much to bear. Even though there is now a nationwide outcry against systemic racism and its by-products—the over-policing, incarceration, brutalization, and murder of black people—the discussion and activism almost always center men and boys. By minimizing the trials of black women and girls, the country will miss the full picture of devastation that the American police state imposes on African Americans.
The Reckoning Will Be Incomplete Without Black Women and Girls
Violence Against Black Women – Many Types, Far-reaching Effects - IWPR
Hip hop has always been lauded for its outspoken and progressive nature since its birth in the s. But as Black women become more visible in the genre with their explicit and brazen lyricism, so does the controversy it inevitably causes. As this continues to happen on a global level, its effect can be felt locally as well. CakeSwagg: I feel really comfortable in my body. I look good, I work really hard and I bring a lot to the table. Male rappers talk about sex so much. When women reclaim our sexuality and we talk about it as well, it devalues what they have to say.
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Motivations of low-income substance using heterosexual Black women in New York City for having multiple sexual partners are explored in this paper. Analysis of in-depth interviews with 50 study participants demonstrates that their relationships consisted of those who had: 1 a main sex partner and a secondary sex partner; or 2 two or more "casual" partners. Individual-level motivations for extra relational sex fell into four dominant themes: sexual pleasure, partner infidelity, sex exchange and past main partners. Using a Black feminist framework, we describe how participants displayed considerable autonomy by actively forming and withdrawing from sexual relationships with men. However, women described low rates of condom use with main partners and inconsistent use of condoms with more casual sexual partners.