You’d think that if there is one thing in the world that unites all people, it would be sex. Adolescent tormentor, joyful unifier of husband and wife, subject of art through the ages, sex just kind of is, existing in a realm outside of politics.
That is until the left, which insists on politicizing every last inch of private and sacred space, gets into the act (literally).
The latest edition of ‘Lenny,’ the online magazine founded by actor, dingbat and part-time nudist Lena Dunham, features an interview with Kristiana Rae Colon, the founder of the group Black Sex Matters.
Interviewed by poet and writer Naomi Extra, Colon explains that “Black Sex Matters is an event series that I curate that celebrates sexuality and sex positivity in social-justice movements and liberation struggles. The concept behind Black Sex Matters is that our sexual power and our sensual power is the same substance as our creative power. And that if we are fragmented and disconnected from our sensual power, then we are fragmented and disconnected from our creativity.”
Colon adds, “Liberated people, people engineering solutions for freedom, need full access to that creativity. I really wanted to program something that celebrated the wholeness of the black body, the black imagination, of black sensuality, of black love. That's the theoretical framework behind Black Sex Matters.”
Then there is this exchange:
NE: I'd like you to talk a little bit more about sex positivity. Why is sex positivity important for black women? What do you see as at stake?
KRC: For me, what's at stake in the campaign for black women is a reclamation of space that has been historically denied. For black American women specifically, the legacy in this country is a legacy of rape. For our first several centuries on this continent, black women had no autonomy over their bodies. The way that that legacy has been internalized in really oppressing ways is still, I think, a deep wound for black American womanhood today.
For a black woman to fully and deeply own her body, and not just own it in the sense of not being enslaved in the way we would think of a couple centuries ago, but actually own her body in terms of feeling sovereign to make choices for her body without the influence of patriarchy, without the influence of internalized misogyny. From her own wholeness and her own self-love. I think that when women are most connected to their sexual power, they're most connected to their instincts, to their intuition, and to their wholeness and their creative magic.
Finally, Colon is asked who her favorite artist is. The answer? A rapper named ‘Junglepussy.’
Not tonight dear, I have a headache.
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