Hobson 2014 Rape

Title Information

Author: Janell Hobson

Title: The Rape of Harriet Tubman

Subtitle: -

Journal: Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism

Volume: 12

Issue: 2

Year: 2014

Pages: 161-168

ISSN: 1536-6936 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 15478424 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century | U.S. History | Cases: Victims / Harriet Tubman; Types: Slave Rape; Victims: Slaves

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Author: Janell Hobson, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University at Albany, State University of New York – Author's Personal Website, Academia.edu

Abstract: »An essay is presented in which the author criticizes the web video "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape" released by rap media personality Russell Simmons through his All Def Digital YouTube channel. Topics discussed include implications that African American abolitionist Harriet Tubman sexually blackmailed her white master to help free slaves via the Underground Railroad, contemporary culture's trivialization of rape, and the video's failure as parody or satire because of its basis on historical lies.« (Source: EBESCOhost)


  Lie #1–Tubman is sexually conniving (p. 163)
  Lie #2–Tubman is a big woman (p. 164)
  Lie #3–A slaveowner could be brided into supporting the underground railroad (p. 165)
  Postscript (p. 166)

Wikipedia: Harriet Tubman

Added: February 7, 2015 – Last updated: February 7, 2015