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You Can’t Sex It Away: A D*ck Appointment Is Not An Antidepressant

Love & Relationships

In the words of the Wise Solange:

'"I slept it away, I sexed it away...Well it's like cranes in the sky. Sometimes I don't wanna feel those metal clouds."

A dick appointment with that special someone in your life could have you up early cooking, cleaning, singing, and off to a good start to your day. Sex is a great way to relieve stress, as it helps your body to release endorphins that elevate your mood (similar to exercise). If you're boo-ed up with your romantic partner, sex is an activity that can bring you closer together and feel more loved, especially if one of your favorite of the five love languages is physical touch. However, what is not often discussed amongst lovers is the dangers of having sex when you are uncentered within yourself.

As with anything great in life, the intentionality behind your actions is very important. It is very easy to fall into the trap of using sex as a coping mechanism when you are feeling isolated, lonely, anxious, or even just bored. This is not limited to single people; we sometimes get caught in the pattern of using our significant others for a release too. Perhaps after an intense argument or discussion you decided to break the tension by having a passionate session. For you single ladies, perhaps after a stressful week at work you decided to text Zaddy Long D, your ex flame that you know is up to no good but can wear you out like no other and keep you company. There is no shame in enjoying sex and letting the act relieve your stress.

My question to you is: When you have gotten your sexual fix and you check in with yourself, has any of the issues or anxieties you were experiencing before disappear, or have you numbed it?

After the make-up sex you had with your boo, were any of the issues you were experiencing truly resolved? Or were they put onto the back-burner until the issues simmer to the surface again?

After Zaddy Long D gave you that sweet loving and disappeared into his abyss of inconsistency and vagueness, do you feel less alone and more loved?

If the answer is no, then it is time to really look at yourself, your emotional needs and well-being, and realize that though it may have never been your intention to do so, you might be using sex as a way to run away from some harsh truths in your life. This is not to assume that one must have a profound reason to engage in sexual acts, but to ensure that you are not doing so for reasons that may be self-destructive. The great thing is you are a very powerful woman, and once you are aware of the mistakes that you may be making, you can also make the necessary changes, too:

Figure out your narrative around your sexuality.

Many of us have some negative deep rooted beliefs around our sexuality that stem back to our much younger selves. We have some unmet needs and have learned to adapt some dysfunctional sexual behaviors in an attempt to meet them. Perhaps you feel like you are not good enough so to compensate for your lack of perceived value, you make yourself sexually available to your partner even when you are not particularly in the mood. Maybe when you were younger, you did not receive the love and admiration that you desired, so sex is a way to be seen, heard, admired, and to feel wanted for the night. Whatever your narrative is, get it out, make peace with it, and identify the parts that are not serving you and that are chasing true intimacy away. This is a great exercise to complete with your therapist as they can help unpack possible trauma in a safer way than doing it by yourself.

Question your intentions behind your sexual encounters.

Sex is an act that can move notoriously fast, especially with the help of hormones, alcohol, attraction, and emotions. One minute you are watching Netflix and chilling, and the next minute the television is watching you put your leg behind your ears and the rest is history. The rush and the spontaneity of sex is one of the best parts of the act, but it is really important to make the distinction between if you having it in order to explore another person or to escape your own issues.

Not being clear on your own intentions before becoming sexually intimate with someone can open you to the feeling of being used.

For example, you can be getting intimate with the intent of ridding yourself of loneliness, and then be devastated when your partner is not the type to stay around for too long. You could be thinking you put it on your boo in the form of makeup sex, but he can still walk away angry at your unresolved issues. There is no right or wrong intention when it comes to how you choose to use your body, but just make sure it serves you in a healthy way.

Learn different methods of achieving true intimacy in your life.

As a significant other, you could be completely surprised that while you were researching how to give fellatio using grapefruit, your man is dying for you to ask him about one of his passions and to cheer him on. You may feel like inviting Zaddy Long D over will help cure your loneliness, but what will give you a more fulfilling feeling is inviting your girls over for some margaritas and movies.

The five love languages are not only for romantic partners, but can be used to get close to all of your loved ones and yourself. The great thing is once you work on building true intimacy with your lovers, or even your potential suitors, you will have more sensual and explosive sex in the long run. A good place to start is identifying actions that make you feel loved, safe, and seen. Next, start paying attention to what make your loved ones feel that same way. How often do we ask how can I love you today? How often do we ask this of ourselves or to others?

As we are stepping into living intentionally, let's take a moment to make sure we are loving ourselves and and others intentionally too!

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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