• Documentary
  • Rated: NR
  • Director: Mya Baker, Mya B.
  • Writer: Mya B.
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Why have black women been 'mute' about their sexuality? What has prevented them from expressing their feelings about this important subject within their own families and with each other? In this provocative documentary, filmmaker Mya B. explores the reasons for sexual silence in the black community. She also aims to destroy misconceptions about black women and reveal the truth about their sexuality. Experts from the medical, academic, cultural, and religious communities weigh in on this "forbidden" topic, but more importantly, everyday women express uncensored views about what black female sexuality means to them. Fifteen women--from all ages, backgrounds, and professions--speak out for the very first time about their sexual wants, needs, and desires. They share all-too common stories of hushed households where the subject of sex was never brought up--unless they were simply told: "Don't do it. Save yourself for the right man." The filmmaker also examines the distorted depictions of black women--through film, media, popular culture, and marketing--which have contributed to their repression. Black women have been portrayed as shame-filled stoics or branded as sexual freaks. The video 'ho in the age of misogynist hip-hop, for instance, is addressed by two music video directors who discuss the impact of such stereotypes. This collection of film clips, personal accounts, and expert insights takes us on a journey throughout American history, exposing skeletons that lie deep in the bedroom--as the filmmaker addresses the continued violence and exploitation perpetrated on black women. In this call for action, Mya B. wants to see all black women liberated from their bonds, so that they can embrace their sexuality without fear or shame. WARNING: Graphic language and images; material not suitable for high school use.
  • Documentary
  • Rated: NR
  • Director: Mya Baker, Mya B.
  • Writer: Mya B.

Watch Silence: In Search of Black Female Sexuality in America
  • (2005)

  • Documentary
  • Rated: NR
  • Director: Mya Baker, Mya B.
  • Writer: Mya B.

Synopsis

Why have black women been 'mute' about their sexuality? What has prevented them from expressing their feelings about this important subject within their own families and with each other? In this provocative documentary, filmmaker Mya B. explores the reasons for sexual silence in the black community. She also aims to destroy misconceptions about black women and reveal the truth about their sexuality. Experts from the medical, academic, cultural, and religious communities weigh in on this "forbidden" topic, but more importantly, everyday women express uncensored views about what black female sexuality means to them. Fifteen women--from all ages, backgrounds, and professions--speak out for the very first time about their sexual wants, needs, and desires. They share all-too common stories of hushed households where the subject of sex was never brought up--unless they were simply told: "Don't do it. Save yourself for the right man." The filmmaker also examines the distorted depictions of black women--through film, media, popular culture, and marketing--which have contributed to their repression. Black women have been portrayed as shame-filled stoics or branded as sexual freaks. The video 'ho in the age of misogynist hip-hop, for instance, is addressed by two music video directors who discuss the impact of such stereotypes. This collection of film clips, personal accounts, and expert insights takes us on a journey throughout American history, exposing skeletons that lie deep in the bedroom--as the filmmaker addresses the continued violence and exploitation perpetrated on black women. In this call for action, Mya B. wants to see all black women liberated from their bonds, so that they can embrace their sexuality without fear or shame. WARNING: Graphic language and images; material not suitable for high school use.