Black Woman's Burden: Commodifying Black Reproduction by N. Rousseau

By N. Rousseau

Black Woman’s Burden examines the historic endeavors to control Black girl sexuality and copy within the usa via equipment of exploitation, keep an eye on, repression, and coercion. the parable of the “angry Black girl” has been equipped over generations via shrewdpermanent rhetoric and oppressive social coverage. right here Rousseau explores the ongoing influence of labeling and stereotyping at the improvement of rules that bring about the development of nationwide, racial, and gender identities for Black women. 

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It is evident therefore that although historical materialist theory offers the foundation of economic analysis, it falls short in its exploration of race and gender. And though material feminist theory does address this omission in regard to gender, the commodification of Black women’s reproduction in the United States is not a mere demographic issue resolved by the inclusion of gender. Instead it is a complex interplay of race, class, and gender oppressions mediated upon by a complex system of hegemonic institutions.

Still, Black men and women remain well-informed allies in the ongoing struggles with racial oppressions. As the historical oppressions suffered by Black women have been rooted in abusing both their race and their gender. Having been forced for so many years to choose to pursue either a Black consciousness or a so-called feminist agenda, Black women have essentially been challenged to choose—race or gender. This historic conundrum reared its ugly head during the 2008 presidential election. Would Black women support Hillary Clinton as the first woman candidate or would Black women choose race and support the Black presidential hopeful—a man.

Political economy. These sources are appropriate to this study for several reasons. The data sources include historical and contemporary information relevant to both current and future analysis. The historical and contemporary relevance of the data is a key factor in addressing the longitudinal aspects of this research. Additionally, data are collected for a variety of factors. In performing this exploratory qualitative analysis, this study completes a historical case study of the commodification of Black women’s reproduction in the United States.

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