10 Things Black Women Should Know About Sexual Health10/29/2014
by Nneka M. Okona For Black women, talking about sex — let alone sexual and reproductive health — can be a slippery slope. Turn on the T...
by Nneka M. Okona
For Black women, talking about sex — let alone sexual and reproductive health — can be a slippery slope. Turn on the T.V., flip through magazines or scan through radio stations and you’re sure to be bombarded with images which hypersexualize Black women and Black womanhood, touting us as solely objects of male affection. On the other hand, take a glimpse into Black churches, institutions which have long been the heart and soul of our communities, and look closely at their teachings and theology. These teachings and theology share a longstanding history and commitment to patriarchy, pushing the path to purity and discouraging sexual identity, exploration and liberation.
Where does that leave Black women in regards to their sexual lives and their reproductive health? Somewhere in-between, in the middle, caught in the fray.
1. Black women contract STDs/STIs at the highest rates.Yes, this is quite possibly a morbid, negative reality, but the truth is, let this information empower you and the decisions you make within your sex life. Choose partners carefully. Ask for test results or even make it a joint activity that you do together. Making responsible, methodical decisions isn’t just limited to every other area of our lives but should include our sex life to maintain a proper level of sexual health.
2. Prenatal care is important though often neglected among Black women overall.
3. Pap smears are crucial, especially if you have a history of abnormal results.
4. Masturbation is healthy, normal and is a key to self sexual exploration.
5. Learn your anatomy.
6. Communication is the key to a fulfilling sex life.
7. There are more contraceptive options than the male condom and the pill.
8. Women are more likely to orgasm when it’s not just solely vaginal penetration.
9. A mild soap and water are the best cleansing agents for your vagina.
10. Reproductive and sexual health is in your hands.
What do you think is important for Black women to know about sexual health?
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