On the Real, Shan Boodram sexual health expert and whom I’ve deemed “Oprah and Playboy’s” lovechild was discussed but not for her academic, researched, and content-virality approach towards sex education. Instead, her racial identity was molested.
Lani Love, a co-host on the Real, made reference to her being white as an insult- insinuating Shan’s silly coaching tactics or training methodolgies around dating are tied to her white side versus her black site.
Known as Shannon Boody, this sexologist has the Oprah seal of approval, along with many other talk show hosts like Ellen and Dr. Ruth! She speaks on everything from sexual health to relationships – and everything in between.
Being of mixed race, she does not let anyone try to tell her how to feel — let alone how to identify.
Shan Boody’s Body of Work:
Shan has been in the sexual health space for over 13 years. According to her website, she has “over 40 million YouTube views alongside her mainstream coverage across all the major TV networks, The New York Times, Forbes and Time Magazine.” Boody is also the bestselling author of the book, “The Game of Desire,” as well as the host of a new show on Quibi called “Sexology with Shan Boody.”
She is undoubtedly the “Daenerys Targaryen” of sex, the mother of climaxes. Whichever the case, as a young African millennial– raised without the positive discussion around sex – Sex was always framed with “Don’t get pregnant. Focused on your books” “God is watching.”– I could appreciate her openness and approach to sex education.
White / Black Racially Charged Jokes:
On an episode of the Real, host Loni Love offended Boody with a comment about the sexual health expert. Boody then addressed the comment on her YouTube channel.
Empathy is needed.
People of color have had to listen to jokes for centuries. From scientific treaties to the writings of the Founding Fathers about how their race and/or ethnicity makes them intellectually, morally, and/or physically inferior since this country’s founding. Ask yourself, as a white person, if your offense about being called a goblin is really in the same league.
Of course, then you’re thinking, why can’t people of color empathize with my white person’s pain at white people jokes? Isn’t racism a two-way street? If I hear it in a rap song, why can’t I use the n-word too? (You cannot. Trust me on this one. Even if, and especially if, you’re asking why you can’t use the n-word, you definitely can’t.)
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