Keniece Ford

Ph.D. Candidate
Kutztown University, U.S.A.

"Sacralizing Sex and the Body: Female Sexuality as a Source of Power and Wellness" 
Rarely within feminists spaces is female sexuality addressed from a perspective of intrigue, power, and wellness. Feminism often focuses on eliminating problems (e.g. rape, body objectification, sexual exploitation, etc.) in effort to claim justice and hold society accountable for beliefs that perpetuate these injustices. Female sexuality is often buried within conversations about reproductive rights. Feminism demands equality of the sexes - socially, economically, and politically. Nigerian author/feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi said, “We teach girls they cannot be sexual beings in the way boys are”. Her statement is radical, summoning the perspective that women are sexual beings. We should be fine with this truth. Traditionally, sexually expressive women are perceived as promiscuous, loose, non-virtuous, and even deviant. While feminism seeks to reposition female sexuality, it makes the effort to house it neatly in respectful spaces, i.e. hyper sexuality is bad. The movement is slow to embrace sexually liberated women as empowered and strong. When Beyonce released her album in 2013 she was attacked by a respected voice in feminism, activist and intellectualist, Bell Hooks. Hooks called Beyonce, ‘anti-feminist’ and a ‘terrorist’ for her choice of sexual imagery in media. As a sacred sex educator and sexual wellness consultant whose work is centered in Tantric, Kemetic, and Taoist traditions, which celebrate sex and the role of the feminine as one that is life giving and life affirming, I propose we begin examining ways of integrating sexuality as a source of power and wellness. It is critical to the expansion of feminism.

Biography
Keniece Ford, knowledgeable in all things yoni, a Sanskrit word for vagina, Keniece’s mission is to remind the world of the power and magic of our sacred portals. There are many working parts to the female anatomy beyond sex and birth that expand deep into the heart and spirit. Sex is an intricate part of the connection between the yoni and the heart. Female sexuality has proven to be one of our greatest utilities. 

She travels the country facilitating 'The Activated Woman Retreat™ - Redefining Female Sexuality', liberating one yoni at a time. Keniece is a mother of 2 brilliant beings, a singer/songwriter, sound healer, and love agent. Visit her at www.goddessegg.com