Description For Black Womxn
A slip and panty hose are how we were told to guard ourselves from the sexual desire of man– even in the lawd’s house! Elders scolded us because the mere existence of our bodies was an invitation to unwanted and apparently deserved sexual advances. We were told to follow White Jesus, and live up to a “respectable” standard we could never achieve. It’s weird how Black womxn are the consistent backbone of the church, yet never leading it. The “holy” church is no more liberating than the prisons of our society– an exclusionary, poverty-empowering tool of internalized oppression.
Description For ‘Eerbody Else
The bible is used against us; punishing us for our carrying our curves, alienating us for living in our truths, and killing our spirits with the standard of the Proverbs 31 woman. The church is more upset about who you love than the racism and sexism they, themselves, perpetuate. The religious institution is a prison of our bodies and our minds. It is a tool of exclusion, classism, soul-sucking poverty, and internalized oppression.