Op-Ed

Talking To My African Mom About Sex

We dream of being able to talk to our African moms about sex even as we fear the thought of actually doing so.

In my experience as a black African child in a black African home, talking about sex was out of the question. You couldn’t even watch people kiss on television without removing misplaced fluff on your corduroys or looking straight into the TV with a blank expression, lest your eyes sparkle or reveal any kind of curiosity.

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