Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies by Bernadette J. Brooten, Jacqueline L. Hazelton

By Bernadette J. Brooten, Jacqueline L. Hazelton

In a usa that remains pushed via racial and cultural divisions, from the disproportionately excessive variety of incarcerated African americans to heartfelt disagreements over the genuine nature of marriage and the right kind position of religion in public coverage, the Feminist Sexual Ethics undertaking (from which this e-book originated) has pointed out an important nexus underlying those fiercest of arguments: The conjunction of faith, slavery, and sexuality.

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65. Lisa Cardyn, “Sexualized Racism/Gendered Violence: Outraging the Body Politic in the Reconstruction South,” Michigan Law Review 100 (2002) 675–867. edu/projects/fse/Conference/Conf-main3. html#cardyn (accessed September 19, 2009). 66. William Grimes, Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave: Written by Himself (New York: 1825), available at Documenting the American South, http://docsouth. html (accessed December 1, 2009). Grimes’s work forms a rare exception in its straightforward depiction of the range of human moral behavior.

50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. Bernadette J. Brooten A People’s History of Christianity, vol. 1, Christian Origins, ed. Richard A. Horsley (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005) 233. Exodus 21:20–21 (New Revised Standard Version). 1 Peter 2:20 (NRSV). Assumptions about women of other ethnic backgrounds also exist, but they differ from those about women whose ancestors could have been enslaved or could have been slaveholders. Harriet A. Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself: Contexts, Criticism, ed.

33 Mammy represented the utmost safety in womanhood because she was both asexual and enslaved. Her absolute, desexed devotion to the master’s children eased white people’s fear of uncontrollable black sexuality. The sexual distinction between Jezebel and Mammy reflected slavery’s division of blacks into two classes of workers: those who labored in the fields and house servants, who worked in close proximity to whites. ”34 This early dichotomy between the natural black woman who is sexually licentious and the respectable black woman whose sexuality is erased marks the origins of the contemporary paradox of black female sexuality as something that is at once concealed and displayed.

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