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Conference Proceedings
UWI Author(s)
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Marshall, Annecka; Maynard, Donna
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Centre for Gender and Development Studies
Paper/Section Title
Are Caribbean women sexually emancipated from the chains of slavery?
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Proceedings Title
Trajectories of Freedom: Caribbean Socities Past and Present
Date of Meeting
May 23-25, 2007
Place of Meeting
Bridgetown, Barbados
Place of Publication
Bridgetown, Barbados
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University of the West Indies
Date of Publication
2007
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20
Extent of Work
49
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Abstract
This paper examines Caribbean's sexual identity to discover if they have incorporated or redefined stereotypes of hypersexuality that existed during enslavement. It has been well documented that myths of sexually denigrated African women were used to legitimate the abusive subjugation of female slaves as sexual objects for the pleasure of white masters and overseers. This research addresses the fact that less is known about the impact of that derogatory representation today. Through qualitative research the degree to which the portrayal of rampant sexuality is an ideological justification for the subordination of women in the contemporary Caribbean will be explored. The research project investigates the manner that Caribbean women resist being depicted as licentious, breeders and prostitutes. The project examines participants' perceptions of controlling their sexuality by creating independent definitions of sexual autonomy, self-love and self respect.....
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