Deviant and dangerous: pro-slavery representations of Jamaican slave women's sexuality, c.1780-1834

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This article analyses the pro-slavery debate about Jamaican slave women's sexuality in the period 1770-1834. The first part shows that two images of slave women dominated this debate and argues that these served primarily to displace fears about the viability of the plantation system. The second part explores the link between the two images and the practice of interracial sex, amongst others, by comparing Jamaican attitudes towards interracial sex with on the North American mainland. The conclusion links the analysis to the existing scholarship on pro-slavery discourse and describes some long-term effects of the two images of slave women's sexuality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-288
Number of pages17
JournalSlavery and Abolition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005

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