Part One determines why sexuality has become a "taboo"
issue for the Black church and community. Douglas examines the
function of sexuality in White culture and the denigration and
exploitation of Black sexuality through a discussion of White
cultural myths, stereotypes, laws and customs concerning Black women
and men. Part Two studies how Blacks have responded to sexual myths
and stereotypes by retreating into silence on the subject of
sexuality. In this section, Douglas discusses the function and role
of sexuality in the Black church and community,
homophobia/heterosexuality and how Black sexuality is portrayed in
Black fictional literature. Finally, she explores the importance of
sexuality and sexual discourse to the Christian theological mandate
and to Black churches.