6 Good Reasons Why Black Women’s Bodies Are Sacred

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October 19, 2010 ‐ By Boyce Watkins Ph.D.

You don’t have to watch many hip-hop videos to realize that black women’s bodies are not given the respect they deserve.  Rappers are allowed to hire women by the truckload, demanding that they shake and shimmy for pennies by the hour.  These exorbitant images are tattooed into the psyches of our daughters, who can be turned into hoochie mamas in training if we’re not careful.  If your four-year-old child knows how to “drop it like it’s hot” before she learns her ABCs, then you’ve got a serious problem.

Here are some reasons that the body of the black woman is sacred, and I don’t want you to forget them:

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  • Monax92

    What are you talking about ? She is not calling them victims and yes they have responsibility. Their actions are one of the reasons why she made this article.

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  • http://www.tastethethoughts.webs.com Miss Tami

    Im very confused by these reponses and i think that it lends to what the writer was refering too….y are we so caught up in terms? african american vs african..vs whatever…clearly she means women of color..and clearly its hitting a sore spot for some of u…she isnt saying that you cant be in the music videos shakin ur ass she is simply saying we as WOMEN are the mirrors that reflect the way our CHILDREN then behave and act not only with us but with the rest of the world…we are not all gonna be rich and famous not are we all made to be college educated but what we can do is revert to some of the older ways we were raised and instill values and beliefs to ensure that we our children become is reflected on the way they were raised. there are too many fatherless homes and too many of our people living on assisted living…we need to overcome these things we believe we are entitled too because of the slave mentality many of us own and look past that…it takes hard work and dedication to accomplish your dreams not this fly by night success that seems to be the way our people are headed too…again its not all of us…but its the majority. in truth the ones who need this article really probably will never read it

  • ReJeanne

    @crazyness I think the statement you made “It may take two to make a baby but it only takes one to raise it". is the ideology that has African Americans so screwed up. The "I don’t need no man I can do it by myself" altitude . It takes a mother and a father to raise a child point blank.. Single mothers I give them all the respect in the world for doing what they do but the child would be allot better off with a father..

  • http://naturalbloggingsofayoungsocialworker.blogspot.com/ StacyAustralia

    Wow!! Maybe I missed something. I really do not see what most of you are talking about. I took the article as a way to provide some self-esteem to those black women who do not have any. There are so many women walking around who do not know their true worth. They have equated their worth to what others think of them instead of what they think of themselves. I work with young girls and it is so sad to see these beautiful girls not knowing their true worth. Based on the horrible things their mothers, fathers, cousins, brothers, even society have said about them.

    Maybe the title is off a little but I see what the author was trying to do. There are so many women and young girls walking around broken. Not knowing their true worth, not knowing their true beauty. You are beautiful, love yourself regardless of what others may say or think.

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  • chocolatedancer

    I was interested in this article until i heard african-american woman. I'm black but not american so i guess this article is not referring to me. I'm not anti-american or anything its just that i didn't think that your nationality affects your blackness……whatever

  • Toby

    And what do those reasons have to do with the black female body? I get it from a mental standpoint. This is all common sense stuff. And all this HIV scare [ban] propaganda! LOL I hate to sound crazy but Aids as we know it does not exist. Some smart people and scientist know this. Guess the rest of ya'll will catch up later. Down with the fear live life free and with love

  • Nee

    A lot of you people are missing the point.

  • Cocobaby

    @Kigall

    Yes Naomi dose not wear her own hair so what, that is the beauty of a black women we have so much variety. From twa hair to weave hair we rock it very well. Variety is the spice of life. Catch up.

  • mytwocents

    for those of us that spend time mentoring black girls…i can tell you from first hand experience; many DO NOT THINK THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL. the message is constantly being delivered to them. if you think i jest, try this test. the next time you see a little black girl, call her pretty girl and then ask her if she knows she is pretty?

    so i cannot criticize the article. when lost…as only the truly deluded would declare black folks collectively to NOT be…it is wise to go back to basics. that is what this article represented to me.

    IF you see a way that outreach can be improved. rather than sitting around criticizing OTHER folks' efforts; how about YOU get in the game and implemet what you think would be more helpful or beneficial?

  • mytwocents

    pardon the typos earlier. i was typing fast.

    to the one that wishes they were an alien. maybe you should open your options. i have ONLY heard the "nothing but a black man" type make such pitiful assertions. for your sake, i hope you fix that.

  • mytwocents

    Kigali, you don't even LIKE black women, so what do YOU care? you are a despicable troll that shows up ALWAYS with someone rude, ignorant, stupid, and anti-BW to say.

    some black women wear their hair natural. others don't. your point? that's right, there wasn't one. it is just another opportunity for you to say something AWFUL about black women.

    now go back to that queen's blog that hates bw so much and keep spewing your garbage there.

    Really?, that is the point of the article. if you can see that black women are not victims but volunteers, maybe you could share this profound wisdom with the legion of black men that seem to see themselves as victims rather than willing, complicit volunteers.

    truth be told, black women in large numbers are NOT provided for nor protected. exploitation becomes REAL easy when women are in this state. add some fatherless children to feed and voila!

    that is the point of teaching black women that we ARE beautiful. we ARE valuable. we ARE worthy of respect. we ARE worthy of a mate that values/respects us enough to protect us/our image and provide for our children…as the other men on the planet do for the women that look like them.

    hope that clue helped…

  • bad m*thaf*cka

    The reasons don't accurately pertain to the title. These reasons are more like an abc guide to black women learning to love, repect, and appreciate themselves, not neccesarily why their bodies are sacred. What about the fact that all human life can be traced back to the womb of the black woman? It is scientifically proven that we "black people" have the dominant gene, and all others lead back to us. The black woman is the original womb from whence all come from. This author is trying to get brownie points for being positive, but @ least keep the content in context of the initial thought.

  • Kigali

    Why must Naomi be the face of black beauty? She doesnt wear her own hair EVER and wears contacts all the time.

  • MiMi

    don't you mean there's nothing more beautiful than the African woman, and if you want to be selfish then atleast say the black woman in general… don't forget were you come from…

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