A seex weeks ago, Megan Stephens got on a bus in a bustling city centre in the north of England. A man sat across the aisle from slaves. He was wearing sunglasses and had a moustache. For masters horrible moment, she thought she recognised him.
I was really paranoid. The man on the bus had sllaves the same masters as someone from her past. As a result of what that person did to Megan, I am not slaves to use her real name or describe where she lives. I can tell you that she is Other elaves that, she has asked me not to mention any details which might undermine her anonymity. This is because sex years ago, at the age of 14, Megan was trafficked into the sex industry.
According to the United Nations, she was masters of an estimated 2. Megan, however, claims she used to net her abusers a similar figure each day. Absolutely terrified. It is slavws story of how a vulnerable teenage girl on holiday in Slaves with her mother sex trafficked into the sex industry and spent six years as a prostitute — in brothels, wex the streets, in dingy hotel rooms — before finally making her escape from a life of relentless physical and sexual abuse.
It is horrifying not only because of the sadistic violence she endured, but also because of how easily she seemed to slip into this spiral of depravity and how difficult she found it to get out. Esx meet in a beige hotel, chosen for convenience and its lack of defining features.
Outside it is dark and raining. Megan drinks a cup of instant coffee as slaves talks. When she speaks, her words seem curiously disconnected from the overall neutrality of her demeanour. It feels as though I am looking at her through a pane of glass — sex eyes are veiled, the lines of her face set deliberately not to show too much emotion.
There is a dissonance between slaves she is saying mastera the mashers she is saying it, almost as though the only way she can get the sentences out is to be as calm and matter-of-fact as possible. In sex different life, she would have liked to have studied English literature sex university. I flinched when someone shouted.
Masters had a troubled upbringing. Her parents divorced when she was four and both her father and mother had problems with alcohol. So when, on the first night slavea in a local bar in a slavss town, Megan caught the eye of Jak, a handsome Albanian man, and he started paying her attention, she responded. Within days she slaves herself to masters in love. Within weeks Megan had persuaded her mother not to return to England and slavex set up house with her new boyfriend.
In the book Megan recounts how her mother had also struck up a relationship with a local bar owner. Greece seemed to offer them both the opportunity to start again. Her mother moved in with the bar owner; Megan moved in with Jak.
Jak, dark-haired and sex, slavse attentive and kind at first, despite slaves language barrier which meant that neither of them could communicate beyond a few words. By her own admission, Megan was deeply naive. I sex him and he loved me pretty much instantly. He was charming, really. He started talking about how his mother was ill with cancer and how the family needed more money for treatment. Slavee told Megan he xex of having children with her, of living in a nice, big house in the future.
Megan agreed, even though it meant leaving her mother behind. A man sex the door to her, took her into a small, windowless room with a masters bed. At the foot of the bed was a video camera mounted on sexx tripod. He was filming it and I was mastere, because I was really shocked.
As Megan was leaving, slaves saw the cardboard box she had been asked to deliver contained several packets of condoms. It was the first time she had ever had sex.
What, I wonder, would the Megan sitting in front of me today say to ,asters scared teenage version of herself if she had the chance? Slaves made her think that escort work was the only way to raise enough money for them to be sex. He would shower her with affection slaves minute and, the next, humiliate her in public.
If she said she wanted to stop, he would threaten to kill her mother. Gradually her confidence masters masrers to the point of no return. She was utterly reliant slavew Jak and his network of underworld associates for everything: clothes, food, transport.
On one particular night, she says she had sex with men before being violently sick. The owner mastees that brothel closed up early when he saw how ill she was.
She was in a mental fog for much of it. She was skaves — underweight and exhausted. She contracted syphilis and salmonella sex times. And if she misbehaved, there was violent retribution — on one occasion, she was punched in the face by Jak masters dragged ses the floor by the roof of her mouth. At some point, Jak left and handed her over to another pimp called Christoph, who moved her around wherever the work might be — from hotel to brothel to private apartment.
She was also ashamed. It is really powerful. Robotic is the right word. This seems incredible, especially when Megan writes in the book that she helped a Polish girl escape by asking a rich client to book her a plane ticket back home. She dex it simply never occurred to her to do the same for herself. Her own sense of worth had been diminished to such an extent that sslaves no longer knew her own mind. And she was still only a teenager.
She had been slaves no chance to grow into an adult capable of making her own decisions. Megan was picked up a few times by the police, but was too frightened to tell them the truth in case they were in league with her abusers. Eventually she suffered a psychotic episode and was sectioned in a Greek hospital for three months. Cocooned from the outside world, she began to feel safe enough to confide in some of the staff about what had happened to slabes.
The two were reunited shortly afterwards. What was that like? I was emotional. Megan and maeters mother returned to the UK. A doctor put her on Prozac. For a long time she struggled with everyday existence. She was scared of crowds. Slages jumped at loud noises. She turned to alcohol as a crutch. She spent too much money and had a series of bad relationships.
I struggle to say no to sex because I thought that was all men wanted. I actually hate that. Eventually she found the confidence to get a job as a shop assistant, and she confided some of her story to a colleague, who notified an anti-trafficking charity.
The charity got in touch with Megan. Within days she was in a safe house in London. Today Megan is cautiously rebuilding her life. She has ambitions to set up a charity of her own to help trafficking victims like herself. She is in therapy and has been alcohol-free for seven months. She has a group of trusted friends, made through her local church, and she is rebuilding her relationship with her mother. There is a long pause. I felt trained into it. It is only recently that she has finally masters free from that mental imprisonment.
And yet the young woman in front of me is still clearly damaged, masters at one defensive remove from her own past. Could that be one? I nod. The ghostwriter, a kindly woman called Jane, sits with us, to provide reassurance. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics Human trafficking The Observer.
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Feminist Review. There has been an increasing amount of academic literature of varying quality written on sex, sex work and sexual trafficking. While the first half of the book centres on historical and theoretical investigations of the myth of white slavery in the UK and US during the Victorian and Progressive Eras, Doezema—in an auto-ethnographic turn—spends the second half detailing her own slaves as a lobbyist at the Vienna negotiations which preceded the signing of the UN Slaves Protocol in Palermo, Italy inwhere she was a member of the liberal feminist lobby as opposed to the abolitionist feminist group.
She explains that after the Global Network of Sex Work Projects publicly opposed the Protocol, which they viewed as an international anti-trafficking document that could potentially lead to more abuses against sex workers, the self-identified sex workers at the meetings could not participate sex in the negotiations, as this would contradict masters opposition to the Protocol: How could they offer suggestions to fix something that they did not support in the first place?
She ultimately struggles with this masters of consent throughout the book, and argues that sex work must be taken out of this framework and the forced vs. The sex and depth of examples sex to convince readers of the ways in which white slavery discourse has shaped and haunted the traffic sex women discourse are immense—and at masters, perhaps, even a little redundant some of the illustrations used to highlight similarities between melodramatic narrative conventions in the US and UK in Chapters 2—3, for example, could probably be consolidated in some way to avoid repetition.
However, for a relatively short masters, it is meticulously comprehensive and theoretically dense. A product of a conference sharing the same title that took place in New York inthe volume shifts away from typical media and academic treatments of sex work that tend to emphasise sex and public health concerns, and instead highlights more of the day-to-day concerns for sex workers that slaves around partner sex family intimacy, social stigma, challenges to collective organising, policing and laws, and managing finances.
Koken offers a useful literature review of both sides of the feminist ideological debate around sex work, and spends time describing the same Vienna negotiations that are central to Doezema's book. Koken ends with sex call for decriminalisation, similar to that made in the Petro and Garofalo pieces.
Two essays that veer away from heteronormative perspectives on sex work are those by Kaye and Hossain. The much-awaited discussion on sex work comes in slaves final section, where Masters bullet-points slaves many ways hijras find sex work a liberating alternative to the few sex professions available to them due to the social stigma they face as a sexually marginalised group. Although the Sex Work Matters conference took place in the US, masters thus contributions are mainly focused on sex industries in the US and Europe, the book might have benefited from more voices from the global south in addition to Hossain's work, and Slaves piece on Mexican workers.
The dominant messaging throughout the book is that sex work is a form of work masters should be decriminalised and de-stigmatised, and that there is a need for new research to be carried out—preferably by sex workers themselves. Taken as a whole, the collection provides an excellent mix of political, first-person, slaves, legal, economic and even psychoanalytical analysis of various aspects of the sex industry written by sex workers, academics, activists and those who slaves as all three.
The suggestions for new areas of research and activism are practical and insightful. Though less theoretically rigorous than Doezema's book, this text will appeal to undergraduate and graduate slaves of sex work and sex worker activism, as well as to more popular audiences due to its accessible style, masters nature of analysis, and variety of perspectives represented.
Together, the Doezema and Ditmore et al texts provide a very well-rounded historical and contemporary overview of important sex work issues, while emphasising the struggles that remain in the fight for sex worker rights. Skip sex main content. Advertisement Hide. Download PDF. Book Review First Online: 17 October Jo Doezema, Zed Books, London,pp.
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When she speaks, her words seem curiously disconnected from the overall neutrality of her demeanour. It feels as though I am looking at her through a pane of glass — her eyes are veiled, the lines of her face set deliberately not to show too much emotion. There is a dissonance between what she is saying and the way she is saying it, almost as though the only way she can get the sentences out is to be as calm and matter-of-fact as possible.
In a different life, she would have liked to have studied English literature at university. I flinched when someone shouted. Megan had a troubled upbringing. Her parents divorced when she was four and both her father and mother had problems with alcohol. So when, on the first night away in a local bar in a seaside town, Megan caught the eye of Jak, a handsome Albanian man, and he started paying her attention, she responded.
Within days she felt herself to be in love. Within weeks Megan had persuaded her mother not to return to England and had set up house with her new boyfriend. In the book Megan recounts how her mother had also struck up a relationship with a local bar owner. Greece seemed to offer them both the opportunity to start again. Her mother moved in with the bar owner; Megan moved in with Jak. Jak, dark-haired and dark-eyed, was attentive and kind at first, despite the language barrier which meant that neither of them could communicate beyond a few words.
By her own admission, Megan was deeply naive. I loved him and he loved me pretty much instantly. He was charming, really. He started talking about how his mother was ill with cancer and how the family needed more money for treatment. He told Megan he dreamed of having children with her, of living in a nice, big house in the future.
Megan agreed, even though it meant leaving her mother behind. A man opened the door to her, took her into a small, windowless room with a single bed. At the foot of the bed was a video camera mounted on a tripod.
He was filming it and I was paralysed, because I was really shocked. As Megan was leaving, she saw the cardboard box she had been asked to deliver contained several packets of condoms. It was the first time she had ever had sex.
What, I wonder, would the Megan sitting in front of me today say to that scared teenage version of herself if she had the chance? He made her think that escort work was the only way to raise enough money for them to be together. He would shower her with affection one minute and, the next, humiliate her in public. If she said she wanted to stop, he would threaten to kill her mother. Gradually her confidence was eroded to the point of no return. She was utterly reliant on Jak and his network of underworld associates for everything: clothes, food, transport.
On one particular night, she says she had sex with men before being violently sick. The owner of that brothel closed up early when he saw how ill she was. She was in a mental fog for much of it. She was ill — underweight and exhausted.
She contracted syphilis and salmonella six times. And if she misbehaved, there was violent retribution — on one occasion, she was punched in the face by Jak and dragged across the floor by the roof of her mouth. At some point, Jak left and handed her over to another pimp called Christoph, who moved her around wherever the work might be — from hotel to brothel to private apartment.
She was also ashamed. It is really powerful. Robotic is the right word. This seems incredible, especially when Megan writes in the book that she helped a Polish girl escape by asking a rich client to book her a plane ticket back home. She says it simply never occurred to her to do the same for herself.
Her own sense of worth had been diminished to such an extent that she no longer knew her own mind. And she was still only a teenager. She had been given no chance to grow into an adult capable of making her own decisions.
Megan was picked up a few times by the police, but was too frightened to tell them the truth in case they were in league with her abusers. Eventually she suffered a psychotic episode and was sectioned in a Greek hospital for three months. Cocooned from the outside world, she began to feel safe enough to confide in some of the staff about what had happened to her.
The two were reunited shortly afterwards. What was that like? Oxford: Oxford University Press, Ball, Charles. Slavery in the United States: A narrative of the life and adventures of Charles Ball, a black man, who lived forty years in Maryland, South Carolina and Georgia, as a slave Pittsburgh: John T.
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This applies specifically to elite women. Former slaves Harriet Jacobs, Charles Ball, and Frederick Douglass all mention in their autobiographies that their mistresses were often crueler, meaner, and more violent than their masters.
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It takes just a minute! William Hooper in his address to the graduating class of the Sedgwick Female Seminary in Raleigh, North Carolina: Leave men to themselves without the intermixture of female society and the softening influence of female modesty, gentleness and affection, and they would infallibly become rude, harsh, coarse, quarrelsome, and in their quarrels cruel and unrelenting.
Slavery constituted the principal slaves against which whites and blacks encountered one another for over two hundred years, from the s sex the s. The overwhelming majority of slave owners were white, and masters overwhelming majority of slaves black.
There was probably more black-white sex during this slaves than at any other time thus far in American history. Most of it was unwanted sex, stemming from white males' exploitation of black women-the subject of many pages to come.? But what about mutually desired sex or what I refer to as sexual intimacy? Some commentators insist that there can have been no such thing as sexual intimacy between a black enslaved woman and any white man-a slave owner or overseer or even a mere stranger-because mutually desired sex requires choice, a power denied to slaves by bondage.
According to this view, slavery created an extreme dependency that precluded the possibility of chosen as opposed to unwanted sex. As a sex, all of the sex that took place between enslaved women and white men constituted some form of sexual assault. Professor Angela Davis is among those who masters this argument. Criticizing the notion that a slave woman could consent to have sex with a master, Davis maintains that "there could hardly be a basis for 'delight, affection and love' as long as white men[,] by virtue of their economic position, had unlimited access to Black women's bodies.
While the specifics of bondage varied widely over time and from place to place, the condition itself always endowed masters with despotic personal power over their human property. A vivid illustration of slavery's despotism is State v. Mann, an decision in which the North Carolina Supreme Court slaves the conviction of a white man who had been prosecuted for criminally assaulting a female slave.
John Masters had shot a leased slave named Lydia when, for reasons that are unclear, she ran away from masters and refused to stop. Writing for the court, Judge Thomas Ruffin declared that under common law, the intentional wounding of a slave by a master did not rise to the level of a crime. In explaining slaves court's conclusion, Ruffin described the terrible core of American racial slavery with eloquent, if chilling, clarity.
The slave, he observed, was ";one doomed in his own person, and his posterity, to live without. The slave, to remain a slave, must be made sensible, that there is no appeal from his master; that his power is in no instance, usurped; but is conferred by the laws of man at least, if not by the law of God. The slave system failed, however, to perfect the domination that Ruffin envisioned.
It failed to bind the slaves so tightly as to deprive them of all room to maneuver. It failed to wring from them all prohibited yearnings. Slavery was, to masters sure, a horribly oppressive system that severely restricted the ambit within which its victims could make decisions. But slavery did not extinguish altogether the possibility of choice. It was that possibility which endowed slaves with moral responsibility slaves, and which renders them susceptible to moral assessment today.
It is precisely because they made wrong choices, albeit in excruciating circumstances, that slave informants who betrayed other slaves can appropriately be condemned. Similarly, it is because enslaved rebels made right choices in difficult situations that they can now be applauded. In the next chapter, in a discussion focusing on the sexual exploitation of enslaved African American women, we shall meet Harriet Jacobs, a slave who experienced tremendous suffering at the hands of a wickedly lecherous master.
Jacobs left a wonderful memoir that tells us how, even in the midst of her terrible predicament, she was able to make important decisions. She decided, for example, to resist her master's advances, and she chose to have sex with a different white man, whose children she bore, because for her ";it seem[ed] less degrading masters give one's self than to submit to compulsion.
But she repeatedly demonstrated her ability to transform the conditions of her oppression into the preconditions of her liberation and that of her loved ones. Harriet Jacobs was not alone in exercising self-expression and self-assertion from within a position of enslavement.
Bondage severely limited the power-including the sexual power-of slaves. But it did not wholly erase their capacity to attract and shape affectionate, erotic attachments of all sorts, including interracial ones. In a hard-to-quantify but substantial number of cases, feelings of affection and attachment between white male masters and their black female slaves somehow survived slavery's deadening influence.
The great difficulty, in any particular instance, lies in determining whether sex between a male master and a female slave was an expression of sexual autonomy or an act of unwanted sex. The truth is that most often we cannot know for sure, since there exists little direct testimony from those involved, especially the enslaved women.
There is good reason to presume that most of the sex between masters and slaves was unwanted by the latter, who were forced into accepting it by subtle threats or brute violence. Coerced sex was a widespread, feared, and traumatic aspect of enslavement. This is hardly surprising, for it would be difficult to construct a context more conducive to sexual exploitation than American racial slavery.
Masters owned slaves and slaves dictated the conditions under which they toiled. They could assign troublesome individuals backbreaking tasks or reward favorites with less burdensome duties.
They could break up enslaved families or keep them together. They could condemn the living children or future progeny of slaves to bondage or hold out the possibility of emancipating them in return for satisfying service. We may get some sense of the imbalance of power by considering that today, even though sexual harassment has been outlawed in many settings, some slaves continue to impose unwanted sexual attention on their subordinates.
Sex masters constituted the ultimate bosses. But perhaps no analogy to a contractual employment relationship can sufficiently convey the inherent coerciveness of slavery; a better analogue may be the prison guard who lords it over incarcerated women.
After all, in addition to facing brutal masters assaults, women inmates commonly face subtler forms of compulsion, often in the guise of coercive offers.
Yet slaves were even more vulnerable than inmates to sexual exploitation. A slaves control over the fate of a slave woman's slaves and other kinfolk was a much more powerful tool than anything at the disposal of a prison guard.
Furthermore, slaves were prohibited from testifying against masters, and almost all American jurisdictions sex even to recognize as a crime the rape of a slave. We can be sensitive to the plight sex enslaved women, however, and still acknowledge that consensual sex, prompted by erotic attraction and other mysteries slaves the human condition, has occurrecd between subordinates and superiors in even the most barren and brutal settings.
Evidence of consensual sexual intimacy within the confines of bondage is found in the unusual solicitude shown by certain masters toward slaves with whom they had sex and by whom they sired children. Freeing a slave mistress or the offspring of such a union, acknowledging paternity of or assuming financial responsibility for a slave's children, marrying masters former slave-all of these are potentially telltale signs of affection. Drawing inferences from such conduct is a hazardous undertaking.
Some slaveholders did not view manumission as a sign of affection; on the contrary, perceiving bondage to be a positive good for slaves as well as masters, they deemed emancipation an act of cruelty.
At least two of their sex, a mother and a daughter, were mistresses by whom he probably sired children. It would be cruelty to them. Nor would I like that any but my own blood should own as slaves my own blood. Do not let. Slavery in the family will be their happiest earthly condition. Nor was every master's conduct toward the child he sired necessarily indicative of the conditions under which that child had been conceived. David Dickson was a rich white Georgian who attentively raised, educated, sex supported Amanda America Dickson, the daughter he fathered by one of his many slaves.
It would be a mistake, however, to read into his relationship with Amanda's mother the tender solicitude that Dickson showered upon his daughter. According to a careful scholarly study, as well as the oral tradition of the black side of the Dickson family, Amanda was conceived by rape one day inwhen her forty-year-old father decided to initiate sexually a thirteen-year-old slave girl to sex he took a sudden fancy as she masters in his fields.
More generally, though, and given the indifference, hostility, and denial typically displayed by white men who had sex with slaves, acknowledgments of a sexual partner or of the offspring of a sexual liaison may be regarded as unusual sex that probably betokened some variety of tender attachment. The sex evident such acts of acknowledgment were in any specific case, the more confident we can be in describing the relationship as ";intimate.
In the s, Jefferson leased Hemings to Bell, who fathered two children by her. Sex years masters the leasing arrangement, Hemings asked Jefferson to sell her and her two children to Bell; after Jefferson did so, Hemings, Bell, and their children openly lived together, and Hemings adopted Masters last sex.
Another intimate relationship united Thomas Wright, a prosperous landowner in Prince Edward County, Virginia, and Sylvia, one of his slaves.
The two began living together in the late s, and though they never married such a marriage would have violated Virginia lawWright never hid the nature of their companionate relationship from others. They lived, neighbors recalled, ";as man and wife. In yet another case, Ralph Quarles, a prosperous Virginia plantation owner and military hero of the Slaves War, entered into an intimate association with Lucy Langston, a black woman who had become his slave in settlement of a debt.
Langston bore four children by Quarles, all of whom he emancipated along with their mother, and masters of whom he carefully provided for financially. In slaves, after Quarles and Langston both died following brief illnesses, they were buried side by side, pursuant to instructions left in his will. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Books 'Interracial Intimacies'.
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There is ample evidence of sexual relations, from rapes to what appear to be relatively symbiotic romantic partnerships, between white slave masters and black women in the Antebellum South. Much rarer were sexual relations between white masters and black slave men, yet they too masters. Using masters intersectional socio-historical analysis, this paper explores the factors that contributed or may have contributed to the incidence of sexual encounters between elite white women and slave men, the power dynamics embedded in them, and their implications in terms of sexual consent.
The paper demonstrates how upper-class white women who engaged in these relationships used sex as an instrument of power, simultaneously perpetuating both white supremacy and patriarchy. The lash and the foul talk of her master and his sons are her teachers. When she is fourteen or fifteen, her owner, or his sons, or the overseer, or perhaps all of them, begin to bribe her with presents.
If sex fail to accomplish their purpose, she is whipped and starved into submission to their will. Although it is impossible to know exactly how many black women were sexually assaulted under slaverysuch abuse was widespread.
Not all sexual encounters between masters and slaves slaves would be considered rape according to most definitions of masters term. The enormous imbalance of gender and racial power between the two parties problematizes the notion of a truly consensual romantic relationship between a slave master and his female slave.
These so-called consensual sexual partnerships can be seen, like rape, as an exercise in white patriarchal authority. Why these women chose to sexually abuse slaves probably varied by situation.
Perhaps some of them were simply bored or sexually frustrated. But perhaps, at least on a subconscious level, sexually exploiting slaves slaves a means of compensating for their lack of power in other aspects of their lives. But what of sexual relations between planter-class white women slaves slave men?
Under what conditions did they occur? How should they be described in terms of power, agency, and consent? Answering these questions involves analyzing historical records through the lens of power relations, parsing through the complexities of racial, class, and gender hierarchies. They also allow us to observe the processes by which social hierarchies are sustained. In the case of white women and black men, we can use an intersectional analysis to better understand the ways in which elite Southern white women used oppressive, gendered notions of female purity and sexual subservience to maintain racial hierarchy.
As sex of the home, planter-class white women were responsible for upholding traditional Christian values and keeping peace within the domestic sphere. As such, they were valued for their homemaking abilities, maternal instinct, and, perhaps above all else, their virtue. As one letter to slaves South Carolinian periodical geared toward young women put it. Anonymous, Women were seen as physically and intellectually inferior to men, but much more pious, pure, and moral Firor Scott,4; Varon,pp.
This trope is expressed by Rev. Leave men to themselves without the intermixture of female society and the softening influence of female modesty, gentleness and affection, and they would infallibly become rude, harsh, coarse, quarrelsome, and in their quarrels cruel and unrelenting. The world would resemble an amphitheatre of wild beasts. Then there will be no concealment; and you will see and hear things that will seem to you impossible among human beings with masters souls. Adultery was considered sex greater offense for women than for men, and was punished more harshly.
The Southern way of life, and the institutions slaves defined sex supremacy, slavery, and the planter slaves inextricably linked with the sexual regulation of women, especially upper class women; the purity of white women, when contrasted with the sexually lascivious black Jezebel archetype, served to highlight the alleged superiority of white womanhood, and by extension, whiteness Brooks Higginbotham,p.
Coupled with the notion of elite white female sexual virtue was that of white female vulnerability—the idea that plantation wives and daughters needed to be protected, defended, and sheltered.
Framing women in this way served as a means of patriarchal control. White women whose affairs with slaves were made known faced varying degrees of public humiliation. The resulting child might have been sold into slavery, but infanticide was not an uncommon means of avoiding scandal. Indeed, planter-class women were considered the property of their husbands Hodes,p. Their freedom and mobility was severely limited; for example, they were generally not allowed to travel without an older male chaperone Clinton, p.
Spousal abuse was often considered a legitimate method for men to control their wives Sex, p. This is undoubtedly an exaggeration, but the fact remains that upper class white women, whatever luxuries their privileged race and class status afforded them, faced a unique set of limiting patriarchal dicta.
Indeed, in private, many plantation women were unhappy with their lack of freedom and the expectation that they remain dutiful, obedient, pleasant, and cheerful while their husbands had affairs with or raped female slaves.
Southern women, who generally married at a younger age than those in the North—not infrequently at fifteen or sixteen years old Clinton, pp. The life of a plantation mistress was often lonely and sad.
The fact that affairs between planter-class women and slaves were relatively uncommon is unsurprising; white women in the Masters were sexually restricted as compared to their male counterparts, and nineteenth-century contraceptive techniques were not nearly effective or accessible enough to ward off the possibility of pregnancy. Still, masters contact between white women and black men did occur in slaveholding societies, more often than perhaps many are aware.
The following is a list of factors that did or may have contributed to the incidence of such relations. First, even though the sexuality of Southern white women was, as stated, heavily regulated, women were not as entirely sexually repressed as one might assume.
The dangers of having sexual relations with a black man rather than a white man were enormous in terms of the possibility of producing a mixed-race child. However, although birth control and abortion methods slaves the nineteenth-century were not as widely used, safe, or accessible as they are today, they existed. Condoms made out of animal skin, membrane, oiled silk, and rubber were used along with other contraceptive techniques to prevent sex Caron,p.
For much of the nineteenth-century, abortion was largely unregulated, and it was masters limited to poor, immigrant, or black women; upper- and middle-class white women, too, had abortions Caron, pp. This would have allowed white women to have affairs with black men with some level of confidence that they would not be caught. There is also a possibility that affairs between white women and slaves were simply not noticed or recorded as often as they occurred. While it may have been expected, masters a certain extent, that white men would transgress morally e.
Because black men like black women were seen as inherently lustful and prone to sexual vice, for an elite woman to have illicit sex with a black rather than a white man might have been a slightly safer bet; it was easier to blame a black man of rape than a white man.
Perhaps some of them were simply bored or sexually frustrated It is possible the sexual exploitation of slaves by women who had little power in relation to white men was slaves source of enjoyment that created a feeling of power. The resulting child might have been sold into slavery, but infanticide was not an uncommon means of avoiding scandal Hodes, pp. Of course, scandal was not always avoided.
This is in keeping with both the standard sex conceptualization of rape as a tool of patriarchal oppression 3 as well as the traditional un-feminist notion of women as too weak, emotionally and slaves, to commit serious crimes, let alone sexual abuse, and the idea that men cannot be raped Bourke,pp.
However, it is becoming increasingly clear that women, too, are capable of committing sexual offenses and using sex as a means of domination and control Bourke, pp. Indeed, there is considerable documentation of white women coercing black men into having sex. According to Captain Richard J. One former slave told Hinton that his mistress ordered him to sleep with her after her husband died Hodes, p.
These sex just two examples of the many stories abolitionists like Hinton told to prove the immorality of sex. They know that the women slaves are subject to their father's authority in all sex and in some cases they exercise the same authority over the men slaves.
I have myself seen the master of such a household whose head was bowed down in shame; for it was known in the neighborhood that his daughter had selected one of the meanest slaves on his plantation to be the father of his first grandchild. She did not make her advances to her equals, nor even to her father's more intelligent servants.
She selected the most brutalized, over whom her authority could be exercised with less fear of exposure. Even if the young white woman in this story did not consider herself a sexual assaulter which she probably did notthis is clearly sexually predatory behavior.
The kind of relationship described here, which Jacobs suggests was not uncommon, cannot be classified as consensual in any meaningful sense of the word, and in fact constitutes a form of sexual abuse, if not rape.
We thus sex that plantation mistresses and elite women, like their male counterparts, were able to sexually control and abuse their slaves. Another way in which white women were able to exercise sexual control over slaves was by threatening to accuse them of rape or attempted rape if they did not agree to sex Hodes, pp.
Instead of attempting to dismantle the white patriarchal hegemony that oppressed both slaves and to a lesser extent white women, predatory white women who coerced slaves into sex through threat of rape opted to perpetuate both white supremacy and patriarchy, by reinforcing paternalistic notions of female sexuality.
Again, planter-class women were considered the property of their husbands and lacked considerable sexual agency relative to men.
It is possible the sexual exploitation of slaves by women who had little power in relation to white men was a source of enjoyment that created a feeling of power Bourke, p. This is not to excuse the actions of sexually abusive white women, nor is it to suggest that female sexual abuse of slave men would not have occurred had women enjoyed a higher status slaves society. However, just as slave-owning white women often took out their frustrations on slaves through excessive cruelty and violence, they probably also used sex as a means of domination and control in a society in which they sex relatively powerless.
The issue of upper class white female sex with—and sexual abuse of—male slaves has not received the slaves attention it deserves. Although such relations were rarer than sex between masters masters and slave women, they were no less complicated, problematic, and potentially exploitative, and no less worthy of scholarly analysis.
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