Poor slaveholders were looked down on and did things such as getting female slaves just to breed them. They knew the slaves getting pregnant and having kids would enhance their wealth. Whether they were poor or wealthy, slaveholders were malicious towards the slave. Slaves were beaten, tortured and
her fifth letter talks of the same ideas. she says that the men either make the women slaves when god had created them to be companions or they use them for sex and pleasure. Also she talks how the men would steal their kids from her and how god did not give them this right. She argues to have the women stand together and fight for what is right. I believe that all of these letters prove that equality is necessary.
In Fredrick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs narrative they show how the institution of slavery dehumanizes an individual both physically and emotionally. In Jacobs narrative she talks about how women had it worse than men did in slavery. While men suffered, women had it worse due to sexual abuse. The emotional, physical, and sexual abuse was dehumanizing for anyone. The emotional and sexual abuse was awful for Jacobs.
These texts draw parallels to the current state of media; both use a common channel to express differing portrayals. Simms’s “Caloya” and Frederick Douglass’s Narrative both utilize the antagonists, Mingo in “Caloya” and slave owners in Narrative, however, “Caloya” focuses on Mingo’s race and supposed natural tendencies to represent black men as sex hungry, while Narrative focuses on slave owners’ abuse of power to gain sexual favors to represent white men as sexually crude. Through these representations, each author creates an underlying portrayal of slavery: Simms portrays slavery as a necessary system
In Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism Patricia Hill Collins offers historical views that explain how the interconnectedness of race, gender and sexuality has influenced what she refers to as “sexual politics”. She analyzes how the ideologies of sexual politics have created a “new racism” which Collins gives extensive historical references that offer valid explanations of how enslavement and colonization of African Americans in the United States produced the legacy of racism that continues in this post-civil rights era. The racist ideologies established about people of African descent laid the foundation for capitalism that involved European hegemony for the control of natural resources around the world, in particular
Phillis Wheatley is another author in American literature who represent two traditions at ones- the black American literatury and the black woman's tradition. In her poems she was using sarcasm and irony as a tool to fight the moral of society and her anti- slavery stance became more powerful for free life. For example, on her poem" On Being Brought from Africa to America" she said " They color is a diabolic dye, Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, May be refined, and join the angelic train". She became well known for her origine as a slave and in the direct way she compare the color with diabolic dye to tell us the people do not mater from the colore they were living to enjoy the Anglican church and belive in the God. To put diabolic dye and join the church in the same train, she showed her intelligence in her writting and she added her attention to deliver her message.
The 1920’s is traditionally viewed as an era for the freedom of sexual identity, but some critics such as Elise McDougald, argue that such freedoms raised unforeseen dangers for African American women (Monda 24) since being sexual was directly linked to satisfying racist notions (Scheper 682). In the eyes of white America, the African American ethnicity was teeming with ghosts of “barbarism” (Dawahare 23) that bled directly into the sexual lives of African American women, creating a racist expectation that all African American women are sexually “hypersexual, primitive, exotic, and always available.” In Larsen’s Quicksand, Helga Crane struggles with this racist and sexist “primitive” expectation (Scheper 682) as she attempts to explore her
To further explain the African American female stereotype the article “Black Female Stereotypes in the United States” by Dr. Morgan Kirby goes into depth about the patriarchal and misogynistic lens rap has been under all of these years. One really prevalent stereotype African American female is the “thot” or for lack of a better word the “whore”, a women who is seen as a prostitute or someone exchanging sexual favors for money, someone who uses “what she has to get what she wants”, in the hip hop community, media, and society a whore is a very negative term but also is a common term almost as if the word is a functional element in the rap world. These derogatory words have become a part of many peoples everyday vocabulary and it just further digs African American women into the hole they are in. The franchise of Love and Hip-hop is a very toxic show, which promotes fighting, verbal abuse, the altogether tearing down of the African American women and to think it all stemmed from the misogynistic, patriarchal, and sexually charged world of rap and
His “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave”, (Document G) makes emotional reading (lurid descriptions like "bitterest dregs of slavery" or "broken in body, mind, and soul" elicited reactions of disgust and dejection, which is the what abolitionists were hoping for) and showed that ultimately a slave, long thought to be a possession and less than human, was very much a person with reason and intellect. It provides unsurmountable proof that like any man, a slave deserved a life of dignity and liberty. His work shed light on the constant hard-working and abusive lifestyle that slaves
Therefore, it is important to trace the long recorded history of human slavery, prostitution and sale of women for sexual exploitation to see how far the practices in the past account for the position of women in present day society and reinforce toleration of assaults on the dignity of women by sexual violence and forced prostitution . Various prose, poetical and dramatical works and numerous erotic painting and sculptures refer to unrestrained sex practices since remote ages. There are passages in the Rig Veda which demonstrate its existence in the Vedic age. The Muslim conquest over India lead to large scale atrocities on women, which continued during the Mughal period.Women who were sexually assaulted by these invading rulers and other filthy men were forced to become prostitutes as they were not accepted in the Hindu society as women of right moral character. The traces of this thought process are still evident in our modern society.