This is also rape culture.

Some of my colleagues are seeking insight as to how to respond to January 6.

Start with what was obvious to me as a Black woman who has survived 54 years of rape, domestic abuse, sexual harassment, physical and emotional abuse, bullying, and microaggressions: these men have collective rapist tendencies [for colored girls]. And to be honest, I’ve been on edge in my own apt building and neighborhood this whole year–especially now. Right now, as a Black woman, I don’t feel safe in Washington, DC, but when did I ever feel safe as an adult woman? Especially in DC. DC has always been a safe space for sexual predators, especially those who target Black and Brown women, girls, and femmes and poor women, girls, and femmes of all colors.

UDC’s silence on gender, race, class, and sexual orientation is echoing in the new year, especially as we struggle to persuade students to return to an HBCU trying to alienate poor Black and Brown students in order to reinforce the notion that the ideal higher education student, faculty, administrator, and ultimately citizen is a white upper-class man. I can’t find a single leader at UDC willing to call that coup attempt the criminal action that it was because they will alienate white men who believe themselves entitled to female/femme bodies, especially those female/femme bodies that are Black or Brown. And since I’m getting that kind of energy from my own colleagues, I need to say something out of human decency.

To me, those men on the Hill looked like a bunch of freaks hyped up on video games, meth, and gang-rape videos. Are we really going to fold back onto ourselves in the lockstep of black respectability political ideals as a source of comfort in the face of such evil and then expect young Black and Brown people to trust us?

Take a look at the landscape below and you tell me, Ron, what you see and hear:

This is also rape culture. I have much to say about the intersections of issues and contexts….more to talk about as this case unfolds.

Race & Sexuality w/Tristan Taormino & Cherie Ann Turpin 07/26 by AfroerotiK | download now!

Race and Sexuality w/Tristan Taormino & Cherie Ann Turpin 07/26 by AfroerotiK | Blog Talk Radio.

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Race and Sexuality w/Tristan Taormino & Cherie Ann Turpin 07/26 by AfroerotiK | Blog Talk Radio

Race and Sexuality w/Tristan Taormino & Cherie Ann Turpin 07/26 by AfroerotiK | Blog Talk Radio.

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From AfroerotiK’s blurb about the upcoming show: “In the adult industry, white women are “Hot,” Latina women are “Exotic,” Asian women are “Dolls,” and black women are   “B!tchez.” Black men are “Mandingos,” and  “N!ggaz,” and white men run the entire show.  Join us for an in-depth conversation about race and sexuality where we talk about the implications and effects of continued stereotypes and racism in the adult industry and the how it affects perceptions in society.  In the house will be two dynamic ladies helping to peel back the layers of how race and sexuality impact culture.

Tristan Taormino is an award-winning writer, sex educator, speaker, radio host and feminist pornographer. She is the editor of 25 anthologies and author of seven books, including The Secrets of Female Ejaculation and Great G-Spot Orgasms and her latest, The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge. She writes an advice column for Taboo Magazine. Check out her radio show, Sex Out Loud, on the Voice America Variety Channel.

Cherie Ann Turpin is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Turpin’s research areas include African Diaspora Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, World Literature, Multicultural American Literature, and Film. She recently published How Three Black Women Writers Combined Spiritual and Sensual Love: Rhetorically Transcending the Boundaries of Language.  She’s also host to an online radio show on BlogTalkRadio: At the Edge: An Afrofuturist Salon.”