According to sex educator Bianca Laureano, the lack of sex educators of color can be detrimental to black and Latino communities. In her recent column in Cosmopolitan, Bianca talks about how it’s much easier to talk about very personal, private things with someone who understands your background, especially when racialized stereotypes about sexuality are at play.
She points to the Jezebel/Mamie dichotomy for black women that’s left over from the days of slavery and the “hot tamale” Latina stereotype that continues to this day as just two stereotypes that women of color have to face on a daily basis when they’re dealing with their sexualities. In her experience, it’s easier for her as a self-identified black Puerto Rican woman to go into those communities and really get people engaged around the topic of sex.
“I would imagine that being a white educator and speaking to a group of black women in a church setting in the South, they’re not going to receive the information the same way as [if the presenter was] another black woman who shares the same religious beliefs as them and might be able to connect the information to different types of texts or experiences that resonate with that population,” Bianca told Cosmo. “I think that being an insider in the group and having people trust you in a very particular way is important.”
Bianca created the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN) in order to provide professional development support to other WOC who work in sex ed. The site also has their own directory, which is open to anyone who identifies as a woman of color.
LTASEX’s directory includes sex educators like Bianca as well as sex positive bloggers, sex toy reviewers, BDSM teachers, therapists, sex workers, activists, and webcam models, just to name a few. It’s a veritable Who’s Who of sex positive POC, illustrating that sex positivity doesn’t just belong to white people. People who are interested in being a part of the directory can submit their information here for Jerome to review.
The Sex Positive Professionals Directory and the WOCSHN are great not only for individuals looking for experts to turn to but also a source for media professionals who want to broaden the types of voices they’re highlighting in their work. I, for one, know that I’ll be turning to them as often as I whenever I need an expert opinion in the months to come.
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