Is This Type Of Black Joy An Antidote To Racism?

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Leslie Taylor-Grover
December 3, 2021

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the anti-Black messages we’re surrounded by. But even when we feel at our lowest we CAN fight back – and we don’t even have to get out of bed! 

Shame about sexuality is a form of white supremacy! So don’t be embarrassed. The act of “self-love” deserves our consideration. It has numerous empowering benefits! What are they?

 #1: Masturbation gives us control of our bodies. 

White supremacy has used everything from violence to mass incarceration to control Black bodies. When we pleasure ourselves, we take control of our own bodies in the most intimate way!

#2: Masturbation creates Black joy and pleasure.

Joy is a human emotion, and we deserve to feel it! When we feel joy, we destroy the racist lie that we’re sub-human, or that pain and suffering is all we deserve.


#3: Masturbation frees us from sexual repression. 

White society tells women they must be respectable, sexless, and obedient and men they must be violent and controlling. When we love ourselves, we remind ourselves that we are free beings!

Masturbation can be a form of resistance! Showing ourselves love and experiencing pleasure not only helps us get control of our bodies, but also reminds us of one important thing: the ability to overcome the negativity around us is often literally in our own hands!

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