[TALK LIKE SEX]<br />
From Slavery to Sexual Freedom

Embrace your own sexual liberation

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and male survivors often feel their value as “men” will decrease if they admit to it. I encourage healing and offer support to those who believe they can never be whole again. You can and you will be!

We too often deny ourselves the opportunities for empowerment that were robbed from our ancestors. It seems to me that one of the last areas in which we need further affirmation and empowerment is with our own bodies, our abilities to define and express our sexuality, and our acceptance that we are whole and sex is a beautiful gift given to us to safely enjoy with each other.

We need to continue the conversation about the ways in which sex has been used as a weapon against us and within our communities. We need to continue the conversation about making sex enjoyable and safe for all of us who consent to participate in it. We need to continue the push to end the silence that prevents us from fully healing from historical abuses of our bodies. We’re better than that, we deserve more than that, and we now have the power to erase the ugly scars of historical sexual abuse and embrace the beauty of ourselves.

Feminista Jones is a sex-positive Black feminist, social worker and blogger from New York City. She writes about gender, race, politics, mental health and sexuality at FeministaJones.com. Follow her on Twitter at @FeministaJones.