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Department
Communication
Course
COMM 121
Professor
West
Semester
Spring

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PATRICIA HILL COLLINS READING “PORNOGRAPHY & BLACK WOMEN’S BODIES” • Porn, prostitution, and rape as tools of sexual violence form components of the sex/gender  hierarchy framing black women’s sexuality • Black women as breeders, raped for pleasure/profit of owners, to please the “master” o Seen as less than human, because only animals can be bred against their will o Contemporary porn is about violence, sexuality, female passivity • In 19  century, black women bodies were used as objects of display o Sarah Bartmann: wore little clothing, provided entertainment at parties, represented  deviant sexuality o Europeans thought Africans had deviant sexual practices and searched for enlarged  penises, malformed female genitalia as indications of this o Dissected after her death in 1815; genitalia/buttocks still on display in Paris o Reduced to her sexual parts; symbolized blacks as a “rac
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