For the entire month of November I'm bringing you my Black Women & Sexual Empowerment series. Follow at #BlackWomenSexuality.
Critics and prudes considered "Love to Love You Baby"lewd and racy back then because of the steamy lyrics about laying next to her lover combined with Summer making orgasmic sounds. I read her boyfriend and Marilyn Monroe inspired those heavy, juicy sounds. You can hear Summer simulate more than 20 orgasmic ahhhhhs and oooohs in the 17-minute hit song
From her New York Times obituary:
"She said she recorded that song’s breathy, moaning vocals lying on her back on the studio floor with the lights out, thinking about how Marilyn Monroe might coo its words...But she was increasingly uncomfortable being promoted as a sex goddess. “I’m not just sex, sex, sex,” she told Ebony magazine in 1977. 'I would never want to be a one-dimensional person like that.'"
Summer later became a born again Christian and reportedly stopped performing the song. I still like it. And I can understand her not wanting to be one-dimensional. Sexuality is one part of womanhood. That's why we can be mothers, white or blue collar professionals, friends, church volunteers, artists, students or just that lady who wants to chill on the couch in her sweats. We can be all of that and still let our sex kitten out to play. Sexuality is part of womanhood and Donna Summer made that part sound reaaalll good in this song.