Jones-Rogers 2013 Violence

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Speaker: Stephanie Jones-Rogers

Title: Rethinking Sexual Violence and the Marketplace of Slavery

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Seminar: Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender 2013-2014

Place: Chicago, IL

Date: October 18, 2013

Language: English

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



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Speaker: Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Department of Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa

Abstract: »Drawing upon interviews with former slaves, this paper challenges the masculinization of sexual violence in the context of American slavery. It contends that formerly enslaved people defined sexually violent acts in ways that rendered white slaveholding women culpable in their bodily violation. It contemplates how gender and racial biases in law and in custom shape our understanding of sexual violence and foreclose the possibility of recognizing female perpetrators and delivering justice to their victims. More profoundly, this paper also shows how some white women extracted value from enslaved females’ reproductive bodies and elucidates how they profited from doing so.« (Source: The Newberry Library)

Wikipedia: Treatment of slaves in the United States


Added: August 2, 2014 | Last updated: August 2, 2014