The committing of a hidden life event to the written word. I used to wonder if my reluctance was driven by shame, or simply my incredulity at what took place all those years ago. Now, I think that it is those things mostly, but also a hell of a lot more. Over the last few years, particularly in the recent crosswinds of our racial and cultural political climate, this life event bubbled to the surface of my memory, never quite boiling over. I almost never mention it to women.
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How the mass incarceration of black men hurts black women. Since the numbers are even, everyone can find a partner. But what happens if you take away one man? You might not think this would make much difference. With 20 women pursuing 19 men, one woman faces the prospect of spinsterhood. So she ups her game. Perhaps she dresses more seductively.
‘I had to submit to being exoticised by white women. If I didn’t, I was punished’
Down-low is an African American slang term  that typically refers to a subculture of black men who usually identify as heterosexual, but who have sex with men ; some avoid sharing this information even if they have female sexual partner s , they are married, or they are single. The term originated in the Black community, and was originally used to describe "any kind of slick, secretive behavior, including infidelity in heterosexual relationships". According to a study published in the Journal of Bisexuality , "[t]he Down Low is a lifestyle predominately practiced by young, urban Black men who have sex with other men and women, yet do not identify as gay or bisexual".
And now we are going to outsiders who give us a historical look at the black body as a product. Welcome to you both. It's a pleasure to be here. Siobhan found that black women were paid less, treated worse than other strippers. What do you think that says about the value that's placed on black women's bodies in general?