This statement is by Carl Frankel, curator and co-author of Secrets of the Sex Masters, and his business and life partner, the sex educator and Secrets contributor Sheri Winston. It is our response to the statement recently issued by the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN) titled You Didn’t Send For Us So We Came For You: The Infestation of White Supremacy In The U.S. Sexuality Field.
We have read the WOCSHN document, find the tone regrettable, and categorically deny that we are racist and/or white supremacist. To suggest these things is incorrect and deeply hurtful.
We have acknowledged an oversight in not including contributors of colors in Secrets of the Sex Masters and committed to remedying it.
As sex educators we are part of a very small community, united by a vital shared mission around sexual empowerment and besieged by powerful adversaries. What we are trying to achieve is far too important for us not to stand together. WOCSHN has raised important issues: we would welcome a respectful dialogue about them.
We regret the polarization that has occurred and look forward to its ending.