By bell hooks

ISBN-10: 1317588614

ISBN-13: 9781317588610

A vintage paintings of feminist scholarship, Ain't I a girl has develop into a must-read for all these drawn to the character of black womanhood. interpreting the influence of sexism on black girls in the course of slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism between feminists, and the black woman's involvement with feminism, hooks makes an attempt to maneuver us past racist and sexist assumptions. the result's not anything wanting groundbreaking, giving this ebook a serious position on each feminist scholar's bookshelf.

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Sexual lust originated with her and men were merely the victims of her wanton power. Socialization of white men to regard women as their moral downfall led to the development of anti-woman sentiment. White male religious teachers taught that woman was an inherently sinful creature of the flesh whose wickedness could only be purged by the intercession of a more powerful being. Appointing themselves as the personal agents of God, they became the judges and overseers of woman’s virtue. They instigated laws to govern the sexual behavior of white women, to ensure that they would not be tempted to stray from the straight and narrow path.

The lash and the foul talk of her masters and his sons are her teachers. When she is fourteen or fifteen, her Sexism and the Black Female Slave Experience 25 owner or his sons, or the overseer, or perhaps all of them, begin to bribe her with presents. If these failed to accomplish their purpose, she is whipped or starved into submission to their will. Black female slave narratives that provide information con­ cerning the sexual education of girls suggest that they knew little about their bodies, where babies came from, or about sexual intercourse.

What! Must I give up the angel sealed honor of my life in traffic for trinkets. Where is the woman that would not have hotly resented such an insult. I turned upon him like a hungry lioness, and just as his wanton hand was about to be laid upon me, I dexterously aimed, and hurled the bottle against his left temple. With a low cry of pain he fell to the floor, and the blood oozed freely from the wound. The paid whipper did not die from Ann’s attack, so she was only punished by a prison sentence and daily floggings.

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