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by Dr. Boyce Watkins
I received some resistance after writing my article about the STD epidemic occurring in black America. Some thought that by referencing the CDC study that found that half of all black women have herpes, I was somehow implying that black women are more promiscuous than everyone else. That’s not the case, since another study shows that black men have four times more s*x partners in their lifetimes than black women.
You don’t have to be promiscuous to catch an STD. But you can catch an STD by having s*x with a promiscuous person. Hence, the good girl who likes bad boys might have the same physical outcomes as the bad boy himself.
I heard from a woman late Friday night. She was like a lot of black women: deeply religious, raised in a single parent home, and dating a man who’d been incarcerated the year before. One of the reasons I believe we need to be consistently vocal about mass incarceration, educational inequality, unemployment inequality and the influence of commercialized hip hop is because many of our boys are not being raised by the world to become adequate husbands and fathers.