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Structuring black female sexualities through histories of violence has led to a familiar theoretical position in which sexual life for black women is rendered as a pleasureless pit, a site of unbearable woe.
54) If we could become permanently and unchangingly virtuous and knowing, then, once we got past the initial generative pleasures, like the gods, we too would be in a pleasureless, albeit fulfilled, state.
88) This argument holds that cutting female genitalia amounts to stripping girls and women of their sexual identity and relegates them to a life of male-dominated, pleasureless baby-making.