Jezebel follows Black women. But must Black women hide in the shadows of themselves in an effort to avoid it?
After all, in reality a Black woman can’t avoid Jezebel. Any Black woman daring to live and exist will be victim to the image whether that looks like someone commenting on how all Black women are “loose” or a person on the street propositioning a random Black woman for sex.
Jezebel is present when virgin and celibate Black women are looked upon like angels and told that they’re “so much better” than other Black women. Only to be treated like a disposable after sex by the same people who seemed to praise them.
Jezebel was present when I was a preteen and told that I should never be alone with a man because he will expect sex and it will be my fault when he gets angry if I say no.
Jezebel is not present when I view my sexuality outside of the white and male gaze. But that is a continuous struggle. In the meantime, I don’t want to be bombarded with the “sex positive” movement or feminism that does not fully recognize and honor the complexities of re-conceptualizing the institutionally devalued femininity (and sexuality) of Black women.