The Pros And Cons Of Sexual Labor

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The most saddening issue with this part of history is that these enslaved women were forced into these types of sexual labor because of their physical structure. The curves of their bodies deemed them to these helpless positions. Worst of all labor laws manipulated themselves to coerce reproductive and productive labor. So, it was the job of these women to resist and act against the brutality. However, it was very scary for these enslaved to act against the law. And, at the time it was the law that accepted the labor environment of these plantations. For instance, after being raped and harassed by men on the plantations enslaved women would give birth to enslaved with no chance of fighting against the brutality for their civil rights. Slavery …show more content…
However, it is important to note that the abuse of enslaved women were worldwide to many plantations. Sexual abuse did not arise form a personal conflict with the owner, but it was truly believed that these women had to be used to such labors. This worldwide acceptable view of black enslaved women furthered how white men with power over these women utilized them for their own personal pleasure and gain In fact, in certain markets, they would sell these women in a more appealing way by calling them prostitutes rather than slave laborers. In Edward E. Baptist, “‘Cuffy,’ ‘Fancy Maids,’ and ‘One-Eyed Men’: Rape, …show more content…
But, the scariest part was the lack of help from the law or anyone from the community. Instead, their lives were controlled by the masters whom made sexual violence a part of their daily labor on plantations, which eventually became accepted and applied by most plantations. However, the fact that these enslaved women had to defend themselves ignited most enslaved women them to rebel and resist against these supposed norms by white supremacists. While it was very scary to resist in a time controlled by people perpetrating the act against them; nonetheless, these enslaved women resisted in ways to protect their bodies from being abused for sexual means. While these women lacked support form the community each women that survived the sexual abuse would have their story support their rebellion. Furthermore, these enslaved women become one of the first communities to spread awareness about sexual violence by seeking help from others and not being ashamed of their survival stories. Thus, their unimaginable experience of slavery defined their activism and gave them the awareness to stand up for themselves and publicizing and resisting sexual violence from anyone who deemed themselves as superior to these women. These women actively resisted the harassment and gave a name to sexual violence at a time that the community and law were against them.

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