Sex, Power, and Slavery

Sexual exploitation used to be and is a severe characteristic of enslavement. throughout many various societies, slaves have been thought of to possess neither their our bodies nor their teenagers, no matter if many struggled to withstand. while, paradoxes abound: for instance, in a few societies to undergo the kids of a grasp was once a possible path to manumission for a few ladies. intercourse, strength, and Slavery is the 1st historical past of slavery and bondage to take sexuality seriously.

Twenty-six authors from diversified scholarly backgrounds examine the vexed, worrying intersections of the histories of slavery and of sexuality. They argue that such intersections mattered profoundly and, certainly, that slavery can't be understood with no enough realization to sexuality.

Sex, strength, and Slavery brings into dialog historians of the slave exchange, paintings historians, and students of youth and modern intercourse trafficking. The e-book merges paintings at the Atlantic international and the Indian Ocean global and permits wealthy comparisons and parallels among those different areas.

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38 ELIZABETH ELBOURNE 34. See chapter 24. 35. On eighteenth-century Jamaica, for example, see Newman, “Gender, Sexuality and the Formation of Racial Identities,” and Trevor Burnard, Mastery, Tyranny and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004). 36. See chapter 25. 37. On the broad theme of the children of sexual relationships across colonial lines, compare Stoler, Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power. 38. See chapter 4.

31. , Masters, Servants and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562–1955 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004); Paul Lovejoy and Nicholas Rogers, “Introduction,” in Unfree Labour in the Development of the Atlantic World, ed. Lovejoy and Rogers (Ilford, UK: Frank Cass, 1994); and Bruce Kercher, An Unruly Child: A History of Law in Australia (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1995). 32. See chapters 13 and 14. 33. Carole Pateman makes this argument with reference to John Locke’s theory of the social contract (which assumes a prior “sexual contract” in which the patriarch controls the family), but her arguments are clearly applicable in many other contexts.

Our children see this and learn to imitate it; for man is an imitative animal. . ”4 As we find even as early as the Hebrew Bible, free women could also exploit the sexual vulnerability of male slaves. In what was by no means a unique incident in a slave society, Joseph, the highly favored son of the Israelite leader Jacob, was sold by his jealous brothers to some Ishmaelite slave traders, whose caravan moved on to Egypt. Then, Potiphar, the pharaoh’s chief steward, purchased Joseph, who, like many privileged slaves throughout history, became his master’s personal attendant; he was put in charge of Potiphar’s entire household.

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