Slave women are presented in their primitive role of sexual objects for their masters. In this primordial role, they are perpetually the master’s prey, the fulfillers of the masters’ sexual needs. Sexual exploitation of the slave woman is deep-rooted in stereotypes and involves fantasies that surround and pin her down as a passionate and hyper sexual object. Within the structure of white domination, sexual exploitation of the black woman’s body ranges essentially from a general pattern of the master’s desire of domination to acts of reproduction for economic gains. As Mamrak has observed, “There are a number of reasons why slave owners sexually abused their slaves: economic gains, desire for domination and control, and as a form of punishment.”
Douglass’s Message to Women Frederick Douglass gives many examples of the treatment of women like the following passage: “this is done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and made a gratification of their wicked desires profitable as well as pleasurable; for by this cunning arrangement, the slaveholder, in cases not a few, sustains to his slaves the double relation of master and father.” (Douglass 1183) Through this passage, Douglass brings to light that enslaved women are raped by their masters because of the master’s lust and the master’s desire to produce more slaves. By looking at the passage in the context of the rest of Narrative of Life, Douglass makes it clear that women who are raped by their masters and birth a child from the rape have it worse than others because of the excess brutality they receive from the master’s wife. Douglass’s word choices like “lust” and “wicked” shows that Douglass finds the practice of raping slaves for lust and reproduction to be very displeasing because both of those words are
This is very similar to blacks, and whites. Some people don’t like each other, but the idea is for both races to be equal. “Contrary to the common stereotype, feminists in the present study reported lower levels of hostility toward men than did nonfeminists (Anderson, Kanner, Elsayegh, 216).” This reinforces the fact that feminists are in it for everyone, not just themselves. The reading pointed out this study and proved the fact that feminist aren’t man-haters. Men are the intended goal of what women want to be equal to, not about women hating
One cause of mistreatment was the slave master being attracted to her. Mr. Epps would physical and sexually abuse Patsey and there was nothing she could do. Mr. Epps wants to own Patsey’s body unconditionally. She must work harder than anyone else in the
Interracial relationships can trigger hatred and cause hardships within a relationship, due to the history of colonization and forced acceptance of people of color. Postcolonial ambivalence also occurs when attempting to decipher a partner's true intentions with a relationship, for interactions potentially are based off exotic fantasies or revenge as a way of restitution for slavery. Too often the uncertainty of interracial relationship causes many to, not want to explore new experiences with different cultures due to the prior behaviors of their ancestors. This is not fair for those who love blindly, for now, their intentions will constantly be questioned. In the novel Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon, there are several men who solely use their sexual adventures with white women as means of revenge or attempts to achieve social status.
Throughout both plays and many others within, the general faultiness yet calculated cruelty of women are noted often by both male and female characters many times, including Phaedra and Medea. Since women only had the ability to be respected for few things, for example, the ability to bear children and keep a husband, it follows that stepping out of line could have severe consequences for them and their status. The imbalance of power in Greek and Roman society has created an outlet of seemingly disproportionate revenge committed by women, in response to their oppression. It is not truly disproportionate if one considers that a woman who had never been able to fight back or speak up in her life will one day respond with a collective blow to the patriarchy when it is vital for
In the book Trojan Women and other plays, there is a consequence that they face at times of war or just in general. They faced constant judgement from men who did not find them as strong or capable of handling themselves. Most of these women were enslaved or if they did get lucky with higher roles, were still silenced. Throughout the essay I will examine what Euripides mentions about the treatment of women, specifically Hecuba’s. Did she and any other woman deserve to be treated this way and were men 's actions justifiable against these women?
Women are described as temptress, servants to men, evil, simply a body, and more likely to sin. This idea can be seen in the quote, “…Women were equated with the body and men with the mind. This made women sexually dangerous to men. According to Augustin, women are more carnal than men and therefore more subject to temptation and sin” (Anderson and Young 182) It is almost as if they are saying the women have no control over their actions and must be controlled, which hands all the power over to the men. Women were expected to take care of their children, their house, and their husbands.
Looking back into history, black women had power they didn’t even know existed and was not in tune with themselves as people to understand just how powerful they were. For instance, black slave women had the power to disrupt marriages and raise the master’s kids. These women could have abused their power by mistreating the babies and filling the men heads with all types of lies. Instead, they chose to be gracious, loving and care when it came to their children and passive when it came to men that attempted to assert their power over them. Black women have helped to shape the culture of America in many
You have probably thought that slavery was bad but you have no idea how bad it actually was. In Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, a Autobiography by Frederick Douglass, his purpose of the story was to expose the real darkness of a slavery. Douglass was a slave before and he has gone through a lot of pain during those times. Douglass’ position on slavery was that slavery was terrible for slaves & that it corrupts the slave owners because the slave owners dehumanized other slaves, the slaves were treated inhumanely and were broken mentally. People believe that slavery is good for the slave owners and for the slaves, on the other hand Frederick Douglass believes that slavery corrupts the slave owners.