Sexual Healing 911, the Black Woman Edition

It seems that Laurence Fishburne’s daughter Montana has decided, at least for the moment, to pursue a career in pornography.

Montana Fishburne Sextape Video

“Being in an adult film is not a big deal to me,” Montana Fishburne, 18, tells PEOPLE. “It’s something I always wanted to do. I have always been comfortable in my body and with my sexuality.”

And no, she’s not hoping her adult film, which will be released by Vivid Entertainment on Aug. 10, will spawn a mainstream acting career. “I am not in porn to get into acting. I am in porn because I wanted to be in porn,” she says bluntly. (People)

‘I’ve watched how successful Kim Kardashian became and I think a lot of it was due to the release of her sex tape. I’m hoping the same magic will work for me. I’m impatient about getting well known and having more opportunities, and this seemed like a great way to get started on it.’ (Jamaica Observer)

Young women like Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Nicki Mynaj are enormously influential among young women of color.   I wish they would think it over.  Take Kim Kardashian (disclosure:  I produced some commercials in which she appeared.)

Kim Kardashian has built a strong business as a boutique owner and product endorser.  I’ll give her that.   But as a role model?  The sex tape with Ray J is downright silly.  And what about her family dynamics?  A mother who apparently urged her to do a Playboy spread because of her own regrets.  Stepfather Bruce Jenner has no problem with his daughter Kendall’s provocative bikini modeling pics–calling them “hot shots” and defending them on the basis that they are “anything a 20- or 25-year-old might do.”

The picture that young black women face is very different than that faced by Ms. Kardashian.

HIV/AIDS

AIDS is the leading cause of death for black women (25-34).  The vast majority(77%)  of those women get the disease from unprotected sex with men.  Black women have HIV rates 22 times the rate for white women.  Black men are diagnosed at 8 times the rate for white men.  (CDC)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections

Black young adults are more likely than are young adults from other racial/ethnic groups to have an STD.  Twenty-one percent of black respondents tested positive for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and/or trichomoniasis, compared with 3 percent of white, 8 percent of Hispanic, and 6 percent of Asian respondents. (Wildsmith)

DON’T LET STATISTICS GLOSS YOUR EYES OVER.  DON’T GET SO ACCUSTOMED TO BAD NEWS THAT YOU MISS IT.

Almost a quarter of young African Americans have an STI/STD.  Since most people have sex within their respective communities …

Instead let’s help all women particularly our young women  find a path to sexual health.

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as “a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.”

Time to:

respect yourself (act it even if you don’t “feel” it

buy a copy of Our Bodies, Our Selves

talk

ask questions

listen

talk

get tested

The goal isn’t disease avoidance.  The goal is to live.

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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