Black women were seen as over sexed or as whores so

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Black women, since slavery, nothing has protected them from being raped. Black women were
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seen as “over-sexed” or as “whores” so anything that happened to them was deemed their fault. Patton and Tracey illustrate that “Large numbers of white boys were socialized to associate physical and emotional pleasure with the Black women who nursed and raised them, and then (were forced) to deny any deep feelings for them” (p.862). This is a prime example of how most Black women probably were not the initiators of a relationship with White men and then were treated as though they were worthless. This shows that white men were creating relationships with Black women purposefully and then denying, so the assumption of them being “oversexed” and “whores” would be contradictory. In the article “Rape and Racism the Myth of the Black Rapist” Davis illustrates that few men have been prosecuted for the sexual violence they’ve inflicted upon working class black women. Davis also highlights that “One of racism’s salient historical features has always been the assumption that White men- especially those who wield economic power-posses an incontestable right of access to Black women’s bodies” (p.175). This is racism in the sense that, if White men believe that they have the right to access the Black woman’s body when they please then they are placing a lesser value on them as human beings. That is, If they consider them to be human beings at all. Another way that Sexuality and women have been neglected in the Black community is through AIDS and Homosexuality. The reason that there is a correlation between the two is because they are both taboo topics to bring up in the Black community especially in the Black Church. In the film Out of Control: AIDS in Black America it names AIDS/HIV as one of the most detrimental and leading causes of death in the Black Community. More than one million Americans are diagnosed with HIV and more than half of the people diagnosed are Black. There
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are five reasons that were mentioned in the film that are the reason why AIDS is still very prominent in the Black Community. These five reasons are Patterns of sexual behavior, failure of government policies, ignorance of people in power, not talking about sex openly, and a failure to lead. With pattern of sexual behavior, a lot of people may have sex with various partners without being safe and that may lead to the transfer of diseases. Especially with the statistic of there being 85 Black men for every 100 women, so men have more of a variety and since there are more Black men than women, women will want to fight harder to keep their man. Also, some men don’t like the feel of the condom, so they will goad the woman into having sex without one. This also opens men and women up for being more likely to contract diseases like HIV. Prisons are breeding grounds for HIV, a five times high rate than outside. Men are having sex with other men with no condoms. The government won’t approve of condoms being given in jail, because they on some level deny the fact that men are having sex with each other. There is also the
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