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If these fail to accomplish their purpose, she is whipped and starved into submission to their will.” Jacobs’ account of the sexual violence endured by slave women is merely one of many.Although it is impossible to know exactly how many black women were sexually assaulted under slavery, such abuse was widespread.Welcome to the best, largest and most effective interracial dating site in the world.Are you single and open to dating someone from another race?As such, they were valued for their homemaking abilities, maternal instinct, and, perhaps above all else, their virtue.As one letter to a South Carolinian periodical geared toward young women put it, If a female possesses beauty, wealth, and, in short, all the accomplishments which wealth can purchase…without VIRTUE, she is “nothing worth.” Her accomplishments may be admired by some for a little while, it is true; but she will never be truly esteemed… William Hooper in his 1947 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.Permit me to ask, which would you rather have, Virtue without accomplishments, or accomplishments without Virtue? Women were seen as physically and intellectually inferior to men, but much more pious, pure, and moral (Firor Scott, 1970, 4; Varon, 1998, pp. The world would resemble an amphitheatre of wild beasts.
The sullying influence of slavery must not touch the women of the upper class lest the entire structure crumble.” 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.Why these women chose to sexually abuse slaves probably varied by situation.Perhaps some of them were simply bored or sexually frustrated.Yet, many scholars would agree that “even presumably affectionate and long-term relationships must be reconsidered given the context of slavery” (Foster, 2011, p. 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.
But perhaps, at least on a subconscious level, sexually exploiting slaves was a means of compensating for their lack of power in other aspects of their lives.