Serena Williams, pictured here the Australian Open. Are black women judged more harshly than their white peers? The issue arose again this past weekend, when tennis great Serena Williams was penalized at the U. Open for allegedly cheating—and then expressing anger over the accusation.
The Lowdown of Men Having Sex on the Down Low
Black Women with Multiple Sex Partners: The Role of Sexual Agency.
The down low is a term used to refer to men who are in relationships with women, but who also have sex with men MSM. This deeply problematic term started in the black community, and is a reflection of problematic stereotypes of black MSM. However, this type of behavior is not unique to African Americans. Men across all races and cultures have been known to deny their attraction to other men. As such, there is some utility in understanding that pattern of behavior. Societal pressure is a powerful force.
Research Suggests Black Women Are More Likely to Be Objectified and Dehumanized
My friend Miranda has accompanied me here for moral support. We scale a no-frills metal staircase at the end of an alleyway behind the high street, where a weary blond woman is ruling a domain of coats, cash and lists. She has a defeated manner, like the only sober person at a party when everyone is drunk. I have no idea why I decided to make myself look so dowdy. Miranda is doing much better; she has obediently put on a basque, along with a skirt much shorter than mine, and boots that elongate her long legs.
Not for any quantifiable reason, really. In fact, her character was barely on screen. Ruby was a Black woman. A daily battle with the elements of white fragility, superiority complexes, sadism, and general hell. And sadly, despite her wisdom, it was.