Sexuality is a difficult subject for Black America to face without bringing misogyny and slut shaming into the fold, but for New York Time’s best-selling author Karrine Steffans, sexuality has never been a subject that was off limits or shameful to embrace.
Hailing from the small island of St. Thomas where everyone’s dirty laundry was public access, Karrine’s openness with her sexuality landed her among elite circles where her sexual ability became somewhat of an urban legend. But the former video vixen is more than what she has been labeled by the men she formerly engaged with intimately.
The memoirist has become one of the few women within Black culture to advocate for female sexual liberation and to serve as a contemporary sex educator through college lectures, published works and countless amounts of social media rants. Her courage has inspired thousands of women to own their sexual truths.
This summer, Karrine closes a chapter of her life by releasing her final memoir and seventh book, and in a telling conversation with this crusader, we spoke about Vindicated, power shifts in the bedroom and prostate play.
In June 2015, Karrine kicked off her national book tour during the release of her last memoir, Vindicated: Confessions of A Video Vixen 10 Years Later. The release of Vindicated not only commemorates the publishing of her first book 10 years ago, it also places a cap on a life that no longer serves her.
“When asked to write this book, there were no guidelines as to what it should be about and, at first, I couldn’t figure out what my readers would want from me, at this point in my life and career, that I could give them without harming myself,” states Karrine.
“It took a while but I came to the conclusion that there was only one story left that no longer belonged to me.” Vindicated is a “gut-wrenchingly” honest retelling of Karrine’s life while married, a side of her that the public has never seen before.
“For years, I lived a tormented life, suffering at home while the media portrayed me as a villain or a wild woman,” Karrine expresses. “Meanwhile, I was married, at home, raising two children, and slowly dying at the hands of a man who was and still is determined to kill me. There is a lot the public doesn’t know, but I was content to let the urban media make up stories, rather than have them know what was really happening in my life at a time when I wasn’t ready to be this open. But now, it’s time and everything I lost or gave away will be returned to me with the publication of this book.” Karrine seeks to empower women and save lives by sharing her personal truth through this book, and finally tie up loose ends to a part of her life that has since been extradited.
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