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Sexual Relations Between Elite White Women and Enslaved Men in the Antebellum South: A Socio-Historical Analysis

By Jacqueline M. Allain

Sexual Agency, Power, and Consent

According to one historian, “few scholars… have viewed the relationships of enslaved men and free white women through the lens of sexual abuse in part because of gendered assumptions about sexual power” (Foster, p. 459). This is in keeping with both the standard feminist conceptualization of rape as a tool of patriarchal oppression3 as well as the traditional (un-feminist) notion of women as too weak, emotionally and physically, to commit serious crimes, let alone sexual abuse, and the idea that men cannot be raped (Bourke, 2007, pp. 219, 328). 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. 209-248).

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Hey! I recently got into a pretty heated discussion with a friend about Taylor Swift's "Shake it off" video because of the twerking in it. I didn't like it because it seemed like she was making a mockery of it and it seemed to verge on racism (like Lily Allen's "Hard Out Here for a Bitch" for which there was huge backlash)- whereas my friend thought it was quite innocent. I was just wondering, as someone who's great at actively working toward identifying and ending racism what are your thoughts?


i’m on your side. check out this post, pretty much sums up my feelings on it.





When #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Happens in Print: 

Section from the Rolling Stone profile of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers who committed the Boston Marathon bombings vs section from the New York Times profile of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. 

H/T to @daviddtss 

Oh my god

All there in black and white.


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