Simone and Lorde

A monthly column on sexuality, womanhood, and power by Rahima Rice.

Sexuality, Womanhood, and Power. Simone and Lorde.
They Don’t Have to Be Friends

There are these standards of friendship applied to kids that I think should be eradicated.

Sexuality, Womanhood, and Power. Simone and Lorde.
Toxic Femininity

Black men are supposed to be the ultimate image of strength and sex appeal. Linebackers and the Sexiest Man Alive. But, when is the linebacker allowed to cry? How does the Sexiest Man Alive express his honest insecurities about his image? For so many Black men, there’s no safe space to express this level of vulnerability.

Sexuality, Womanhood, and Power. Simone and Lorde.
More Sex, Less Playdates

On almost every TV show I watched growing up, the mother was always too tired for sex. Mothers would constantly shoo away their husbands’ flirts and affections. I am determined to understand the absurdity of the sexless mom.

Audre Lorde
The Plight and the Path: At the Intersection of Race and Gender

Black women have always fought for women’s liberation. As far back as the Suffragist movement, Black women have always rallied for equality of the sexes. But, Black feminists have always had to consider their plight in the fight, the intersection of their blackness and their womanness.

Sexuality, Womanhood, and Power. Simone and Lorde.
I’m Gonna Make A Mistake

I am a card-carrying member of the worry club. But I’m showing up in relationships as my whole self, flaws and all, and evolving outside the narrow margins of perfectionism brought on by the patriarchy.