BAREBACKING… EVERYBODY DOES IT
The term “barebacking” is most commonly associated with gay men engaging in unprotected sex. This practice is controversial and often stigmatized in both queer and mainstream discourses. Whereas fucking without a barrier is normalized in most other contexts, it is vilified when practiced among members of marginalized groups, especially gay men. In other words, virtually identical sexual practices to what is considered barebacking are either overlooked or applauded among dominant groups.
This portrait of what initially appears to be a happy, pregnant heterosexual couple, overlaid by the phrase “Everybody Does It,” is intended to encourage the viewer to consider their perceptions of what are “appropriate” sexual practices versus what are “irresponsible” sex acts. I am suggesting that these practices are one and the same. In this image we see one possible repercussion of unprotected sex. Linking identity with a person’s level of sexual risk, in particular their ability to contract HIV, is dangerous and misguided, as it not only fosters discrimination, but also gives many heterosexuals a false sense that their identity somehow exempts them from becoming HIV positive.
The viewer, if they examine the poster more closely, may recognize that the photograph used here is comprised of one single model, portraying both pregnant woman and expectant father-to-be. As the model’s gender is impossible to ascertain from this image, the viewer doesn’t know what kind of body they are reserving judgment from—what kind of body is being spared the scrutiny allotted to gay male sex acts and sexuality.
This poster is intended to contribute to a visual culture or imagery that exists in opposition to the moralistic approach to sex ed that many well-intentioned public health ad campaigns have historically employed. This poster is not intended to valorize unprotected sex; rather, it serves to encourage everyone to expand their definition of barebacking to encompass all unprotected sex acts—and examine the possible ensuing outcomes—carried out by all kinds of bodies, genders, and sexualities.
Society loves to portray the Black Panthers as the villains in America. They’ll only tell you that they held guns and were “militant”. The Black Panthers did many positive things for the Black Community; the Free Breakfast Program is one of them. It was designed to feed Black Children a good breakfast each morning so they could retain information at school. Too many Black Children, to this very day, go to school hungry because they cannot afford food in the morning. It has been proven that students do not learn as well when they are hungry. The Panthers were aware of this and wanted to ensure they had the opportunity to receive an adequate meal. As Huey said, “The Children always inherit the Revolution” so obviously they needed and still need to be invested in. They’ll never tell you about this but I’m not surprised. “I Do Not Expect The White Media to Show Positive Black Images.” Written By @KingKwajo
“I Do Not Expect The White Media to Show Positive Black Images.”
IT GETS FUNNIER EVERY TIME I SEE IT
American History 101
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