Curls and Condoms: What’s Your Sexual Health Regimen?

History shows us that women of color (WOC) were often met with shame, stigma and violence because their aesthetic did not appeal or conform to white hegemonic standards of beauty. Historically and currently, we see this reccurring theme present in conversations about WOC bodies, reproductive choices, and sexual health. We aim to bridge these two distinct but overlapping conversations as a creative tool for liberation. The natural hair community offers a space that encourages women to unapologetically reclaim who they are by embracing their natural curls, kinks and coils. Through multiple outlets such as meetups and social media, women have honest, open, informational and supportive dialogue about their hair care regimens. What if we used this same approach to foster an environment where women can feel just as empowered, liberated and supported to talk about their sexual and reproductive experiences from birth control and condoms, to abortion and relationships? To this end we ask, what if conversations about our curls happened in tandem with our conversations about condoms? This workshop is for women and femmes who identify as Black and/or of the African diaspora.

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