Sexuality & the Black Church: A Womanist PerspectiveSexuality & the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective
Kelly Douglas
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From the publisher: Kelly Brown Douglas tackles the "taboo" subject of sexuality which has long been avoided by the Black church and community. She argues that this view of Black sexuality has interfered with constructive responses to the AIDS crisis and teenage pregnancies, fostered intolerance of sexual diversity, frustrated healthy male/female relationships, and rendered Black and womanist theologians silent on sexual issues. Part One determines why sexuality has become a "taboo" issue for the Black church and community. Douglas examines the function of sexuality in White culture and the denigration and exploitation of Black sexuality through a discussion of White culture and the denigration and exploitation of Black sexuality through a discussion of White cultural myths, sterotypes, laws and customs concerning Black women and men. Part Two studies how Blacks have responded to sexual myths and stereotypes by retreating into silence on the subject of sexuality. In this section, Douglas discusses the function and role of sexuality in the Black church and community, homophobia/heterosexuality and how Black sexuality is protrayed in black fictional literature. Finally, she explores the importance of sexuality and sexual discourse to the Christian theologial mandate and to Black churches. Using the language and tools of womanist theology, Sexuality and the Black Church advocates use of a "sexual discourse of resistance," arguing that the Black church must talk about sex and so do in a way that resists the White culture stereotypes. Douglas suggests programs by which the church and community can "nurture the kind of discussion that promotes acceptance and appreciations of the rich diversity, even sexual diversity, of the black community."
     

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.....................................................ix
INTRODUCTION.........................................................1
PART 1 THE ROOTS OF BLACK THEOLOGICAL SILENCE
    1.  BLACK SEXUALITY: A PAWN OF WHITE CULTURE....................11
        White Culture...............................................13
        Sexuality in Culture........................................19
        Conclusions.................................................29
    2. STEREOTYPES, FALSE IMAGES, TERRORISM: THE WHITE
    ASSAULT UPON BLACK SEXUALITY....................................31
        The Roots of the Attack.....................................32
        Slavery and Black Sexuality.................................33
        Black Women: A Gateway to Depravity.........................35
        Violent Bucks...............................................45
        The Continued Attack on Black Sexuality.....................50
        Conclusions.................................................59
PART 2 THE IMPACT OF THE WHITE CULTURAL ATTACK
    3. THE LEGACY OF WHITE SEXUAL ASSAULT...........................63
        More Than a Reflection of White Culture.....................63
        The Impact of White Culture upon Black Sexuality............67
        A Sexual Discourse of Resistance............................68
        The Mandate for a Sexual Discourse of Resistance............72
        Black Spirituality..........................................83
        Conclusions.................................................85
    4. HOMOPHOBIA AND HETEROSEXISM IN THE BLACK CHURCH AND
    COMMUNITY.......................................................87
        The Bible and Homosexuality.................................89
        Homosexuality and the Well-Being of the Black
        Community...................................................97
        Homophobia and a Sexual Discourse of Resistance............106
        Conclusions................................................108
PART 3 A THEOLOGY OF BLACK SEXUALITY
    5. GOD-TALK AND BLACK SEXUALITY................................111
        Created in the Image of the God of Jesus Christ............112
        Sexual Discourse and Authentic Black Faith.................121
        Homophobia: A Sin and Betrayal of Black Faith..............126
        Conclusions................................................130
    6. A SEXUAL DISCOURSE OF RESISTANCE AND THE BLACK CHURCH.......131
        Reuniting the Sacred and the Secular.......................131
        Black Literature: A Catalyst for Sexual Discourse..........133
        Black Sexuality and Popular Culture........................135
        Bible Study................................................136
        From Pew to Pulpit.........................................137
        Sexual Discourse: A Call to Action.........................139
        The National Religious Summit on Black Sexuality...........141
        Concluding Challenge.......................................142
NOTES..............................................................145
INDEX..............................................................157