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Periods can be a lot of things: Painful, messy, annoying and exhausting. But one we as women know about menstruation is that it’s not a sign of being unhealthy or sick.
But as any members of the Hoteps, a group consisting of sexist, self-hating, fake-woke Brothas, and they will tell you otherwise. According to their Twitter handles, Aunt Flow is a sinister thing created by the white man.
Another day, another man telling a woman what’s best for her body. Sound familiar?
Now, I don’t take issue with Black folks acknowledging that they come from some type of royalty or wanting to dismantle white supremacy. I also don’t mind Black men committing to treating Black women better, because God knows we deserve more respect. But let’s be clear: that’s not what these crazed, Egyptian-worshipping dudes are actually doing.
Their goal over the years has been simple: Demean, control and continue to enforce patriarchy in our community.
They have called feminists “bad wenches,” any woman with a Dominican blowout a “Negroid” or “sell-out,” and slut-shamed women by demanding that they be “respectable queens.” (We all know what the means.) They have also said things like “white women are better than Black women,” questioned why Black women “are so fat and unattractive” and stressed that it’s their job “to control” us.
My personal favorite? Black women “should wear long skirts so we don’t get raped.”
Sigh. Can someone please tell how this illogical and ignorant line of thinking is more evolved and less dangerous than Donald Trump and his supporters? Yeah, it’s really not.
And I’m not saying Hoteps are all that influential, because I would hate to give them more credit than they actually deserve. Plus, who can actually take someone seriously who believes that our ancestors never had periods? That’s like basic fifth grade biology, bruh. But I also recognize that we are living in a different day. If people can believe that Trump is going to build a wall around Mexico and make Mexico pay for it and that climate change is a figment of liberal imagination, people will believe anything.
And one also can’t deny Hotep’s rising visibility. Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to scroll down your Facebook feed and not see a Hotep meme being shared. Whether folks are making fun of them or co-signing on the messages, their perilous messages are being seen, consumed and disseminated.
But it’s also important to point out that it’s not just Hotep Twitter delivering similar messages to our community. Any given day, just turn on numerous Black radio show, Steve Harvey, EPSN’s Stephen A. Smith or Tyrese and Rev. Run's OWN talk show and tell me that you aren’t being told that there something inherently wrong with you as Black woman? Perhaps you’d have a man or be happier if you were chaste, more submissive, less aggressive, less materialistic, more God-like? Meanwhile, men can be and do anything they want without critique, other than not being masculine enough.
Different channel, same crap.
And it’s exhausting. Black women have always showed up for the community to lead, fight, protest and mobilize — I mean, #BlackLivesMatter was coined by three sistas. And what do we get for it? We're out there confronting oppression and are expected to come home and eat up this sexist Hotep-like nonsense like a damn Patty Pie, and not have a problem with it?
Like Rosa Parks once said, “Nah.”
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