Sexuality is a central theme of Black feminist discourse. Black women have been subjected to sexual stereotypes like the Jezebel and Welfare Mother. These stereotypes characterize Black women as sexually deviant and in need of restraint. Beyond that, these stereotypes serve to reinforce heteronormativity, rendering the lived experiences of Black queer women invisible.
Kimberly Springer, a Black sexualities scholar, discussed the importance of using Black feminist theory to understand sexuality with WBEZ in Chicago. Click here to play the interview.