Sexuality is arguably the most celebrated and taboo subject in our culture, for women and especially black women. What if we put sexuality in its proper place and neither exalted it nor shunned it? What if it was simply one part of our multi-faceted being?
I explore this topic in my latest pice for the Root.
What are your thoughts? Questions?
Simone Biles is known for her body: its power, its capabilities and the heights to which it propels her. I am completely mesmerized by it. I’m not sure if it’s the beauty of her black body prancing; her short, muscular legs seemingly defying physics; or the ease with which she does it all—with a confident, beaming smile and glitter-lined eyes.
Biles’ Olympic gold wins weren’t just for the official U.S. record books; they were for black women around the globe. Her wins showed that a black female athlete can be strong, feminine and sexy—all on the biggest international stage.
As with former Olympic gold medalist gymnasts, her routines consisted of complex tumbling sequences, but Biles did them better, higher. Heck, she even invented her signature move, the Biles, which no one else in the world dares try to execute. It’s a double layout half out that can’t be described; it must be seen.
But unlike other gymnasts, she rolled during her floor exercise—as in body-rolled. She rolled her chest, torso and hips slowly and powerfully, like the waves of the Atlantic Ocean off Rio de Janeiro’s coast. She did this not once, or twice, but five times. (She even sprinkled in a couple of chest shimmies for added spice.)
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