How Sexual Exploitation Made Slavery Essay

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How sexual exploitation made slavery especially oppressive for women
The time of human slavery is long gone, but the effect of slavery still haunts the human society today. 17th, 18th and 19th century were crucial times in human history with regard to slavery. Much has been discussed regarding this topic of slavery but little has been discussed regarding the sexual exploitation which made slavery oppressive to women. Harriet Jacob’s book captures the oppressive slavery which women were subjected to from a rare perspective. According to Fischer, “There were indeed various forms of slavery women were subjected to for instance binary oppression, mammy and Jezebelism” (Fischer 248). Mammism involved the enslavement of women to serve as home attendants, and to fulfill the desires of their masters without failing or asking questions. Jezebelism on the other hand, had to do with the sexual exploitation women underwent, and afterwards carry the blame for being promiscuous or behaving in a way that prompted their master’s to rape them.
Furthermore, much of the slave narratives have captured the era of slavery from a general point of view, and often focusing on the physical brutality. Jacob’s narrative captures the way sexual abuses were used to oppress the slave women, and the implications it had on them. This paper will explore the topic of slavery from the perspective taken by Harriet Jacob in her book, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," and also, explore the main themes…

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