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The Massive, Overlooked Role of Female Slave Owners
How formerly enslaved black women fought for human dignity and sexual justice.
Privately coming forward as a survivor of any sexual or physical abuse is hard enough. To publicly name the abuser is often a fraught path. Nonetheless, victims then and now still come forward. Indeed, the last year has been dominated by the revelations of women and some men who have been sexually abused. Over years ago, a similar tempest arose as abolitionists tried to awaken the American conscience on slavery and sexual assault. The particulars of a plantation and a movie studio are certainly different.
The history of sexual slavery in the United States is the history of slavery for the purpose of sexual exploitation as it exists in the United States. African-American slaves were systematically raped or forced to breed with other slaves. Early American colonists were largely male, and some men resorted to force to procure wives. Native American women were often captured to be traded, sold, or taken as wives. Currently, under federal law , a prostitute is considered a victim of human trafficking if he or she is either under 18 or is being controlled through force, fraud or coercion.
Slavery constituted the principal backdrop against which whites and blacks encountered one another for over two hundred years, from the s to the s. The overwhelming majority of slave owners were white, and the overwhelming majority of slaves black. There was probably more black-white sex during this period than at any other time thus far in American history. Most of it was unwanted sex, stemming from white males' exploitation of black women-the subject of many pages to come.? But what about mutually desired sex or what I refer to as sexual intimacy?