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Description: Sexualizing Cancer is a workshop that intends to decolonize the medical industry by exposing the violence caused to Black bodies for the sake of cancer research. Exposing the ways in which black bodies have been used for experiments in the past and the lack of awareness in breast cancer campaigns targeted to Black and brown bodies leading to higher rates of mortality in present day. The workshop has been created for anyone who is interested in decolonizing by reclaiming pleasure/sexuality, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer patients at diagnosis, during treatment, and post-treatment. ‘Sexualizing Cancer’ is also designed to support medical providers/front line staff of hospitals to be inclusive in their services of LGBTQIA+ people.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: explore the ways in which breast cancer has been portrayed as a single narrative; identify three ways that the medical industry, as it pertains to sexual reproduction, has used black bodies as experiments; list two ways in which breast cancer patients can achieve sexual pleasure pre and post treatment.