It was incredibly difficult and nightmarish because if one got pregnant, and particularly if you were not married, you became like a persona non grata. You were stigmatized. There was incredible shame. I was speaking a few weeks ago, Ithink it was before Roe fell, to a friend who is in their fifties and she said, “Well, when you were growing up,” she said, “I don’t suppose there was anything like sex positivity.” And I said “What what’s the opposite of sex positivity?” I said it would be sex negativity but I said it went a lot farther than that. Actually, what we’re talking about during in my growing up years was sex nihilism.
Source: Barbara Smith on Reproductive Justice and Black Feminism: An Interview — Black Women Radicals