Analysis Of The Phalny Ar T I A Woman By Deborah Gray White

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Since the beginning of time, African American women have been seen as a valuable piece of property. Their masters sexually exploited black slave women because it was part of their job. If they refused the come on from the master, the women would be beat or raped and in some cases, both would happen. Black women had to be the nurturing type to the slave owner’s children, including and not limited to breastfeeding the newborns, cooking and cleaning and not being in the fields with the rest of the slaves. These women were called “mammies”, a maid or nanny in charge of the master’s children. During my research, I also found that some enslaved women were apart of a group called “Jezebels”. White men would rape these “jezebels” as many as three or four times a day and when the women said they were raped, the white men would say that the women were promiscuous. In my paper, I am going to go into detail about the physical make up of the Black female body, the struggles …show more content…
It talks about how Black women freedom before and during Reconstruction in the South, being resistant of sexual oppression, economic oppression and trying to maintain her womanhood by any means necessary. It breaks down the myths and untold truths about the jezebels and mammy, “One of the most prevalent images of black women in Antebellum America was of a person governed almost entirely by her libido, a Jezebel character.” (Ar’n’t I A Woman, pg. 28-29) This is one of the most powerful statements that I read because no matter what, the Black woman was looked at as a promiscuous woman, no matter if she was raped and made to perform sexual acts against her will. White men would say that her sexual appeal made them want sex and once they tried to have sex with them, fighting the master was a sign that they were “lusting or feigning” for

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