Episode Date July 22, 2021
Featured Guest Minna Salami
Featured Book "The Sex Lives of African Women" by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

Episode Summary

Reading from Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah’s The Sex Lives of African Women and discussing sexual oppression.

Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s father and former Prime Minister of Canada, famously said ‘There’s no place for the State in the bedrooms of the nation.’ I agree … but sometimes you just *have* to talk about sex. Minna Salami joins me to explore the issues of freedom, healing and regaining power after oppression from a black feminist perspective.

Minna reads two pages from ‘The Sex Lives of African Women’ by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah. [reading starts at 07:32]

Hear us talk about:

  • The search for freedom and healing among different sexualities, religions and backgrounds. [11:31]
  • Taking back your power: “It is imperative to reimagine and unlearn everything that we think about power itself.” [14:14]
  • The ‘river’ metaphor for understanding power: “Power for humans is the equivalent of gravity for rivers – it is how we move forward to our destination.” [20:37]
  • “It is difficult to dominate people who feel conscientious joy.” [23:05]
  • The danger of passivity when rage disappears. [25:53]
  • Returning to freedom and finding home. [28:43]
  • How to decide where to share your voice. [30:53]

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Minna’s books: Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone | The Power Book: What is it, Who Has it and Why?

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah | The Sex Lives of African Women

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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