Masters of Sex Research

Masters of Sex Research

How whitewashed is clinical sex research, and how valuable is it anyway to the Black community?

Feminista Jones

by Feminista Jones, September 24, 2013

Masters of Sex Research

Blacks, too, have orgasms worth studying

are being made. Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MPH, does research on African-American sexuality and risky behaviors among adolescents. Patricia Hill-Collins has written about African-American sexual politics, and Tricia Rose has written about Black women’s sexual intimacy and their desire to be more open about their sexuality. Robert Staples is a sociologist who has studied and written about stereotypes about Black sexuality.

Research about sex and sexuality is important to people of every race, class, orientation and religious/spiritual faith. Much of it can answer questions that are universally applicable; I don’t think we should automatically disregard studies as invaluable because they didn’t focus primarily on our experiences. It’s important, however, to provide context and framing, and dig a bit deeper to get a better understanding of how we get down—because we are unique, and we deserve representation in this important field.

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.


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