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.