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Soy Dulce de Leche: as much as the hottentot venus is relevant, i truly hate when folks...

latinosexuality:

soydulcedeleche:

as much as the hottentot venus is relevant,

i truly hate when folks try to attribute the hypersexualization of black women to her.

i find that conclusion to be u.s. centric (and short sighted) as fuck coz what say you of the hypersexualized black women where no one ever heard of the hottentot?

i think a lot of this connects to not being told about saartjie baartman and not getting the whole story when some folks do hear about her story (not “discover” her b/c she was here long before everyone reading this!). i mean i don’t think people even realize that her dead body was JUST returned to South Africa from a *museum* in France in 2002 (yes not even 10 years ago). folks don’t realize even AFTER DEATH her brain and genitals were removed and put on display! she was returned to south africa in PIECES. 

I teach saartjie baartmant in my gender courses and students are so shocked and hurt. they are MAD. I had one north african student this past summer in my gender class when we read this article and watched this film by south african filmmaker zola maseko, who was *so* mad. this student told their ENTIRE family about saartjie baartman’s life and experiences. the student was determined to not only share their shock at the lack of information but also the legacy of saartjie baartman in hopes of changing that in their family and community. 

and i write her first and last name on PURPOSE for readers who do not know and need more info/personal research. she was a HUMAN with a name, family, identity and i really want to honor her by using her full name.  

reblogging because holy shit, why have i never heard of this woman?

(Source: bad-dominicana, via cabell)

  1. indielowercase reblogged this from cabell and added:
    reblogging because holy shit, why have i never heard of this woman?
  2. tigersmilk reblogged this from karnythia
  3. ardhra reblogged this from jhameia and added:
    Saartjie is the diminutive form of Sarah in Afrikaans, and her baptism certificate (from after she was taken to England)...
  4. leidis reblogged this from karnythia
  5. talesofthestarshipregeneration reblogged this from jhameia and added:
    *vomits all over the place*
  6. ntcreativenough4this reblogged this from karnythia
  7. myselfandmyother reblogged this from jhameia
  8. cabell reblogged this from karnythia
  9. jhameia reblogged this from karnythia and added:
    D: I did not know her body was returned in pieces. RIP Saartjie Baartman.
  10. karnythia reblogged this from polerin
  11. polerin reblogged this from latinosexuality
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  13. latinosexuality reblogged this from bad-dominicana and added:
    i think a lot of this connects to not being told about saartjie baartman and not getting the whole story when some folks...
  14. bad-dominicana reblogged this from sourcedumal and added:
    i feel like folks blame her inadvertently. theyll be all oh yeah, look at the video hoes, but this is why, look at the...
  15. the-real-goddamazon reblogged this from sourcedumal and added:
    LOL they blame Hottentot Venus for the hypersexualization of the Black Woman? Uh. No. While it is a popular example of...
  16. sourcedumal reblogged this from bad-dominicana and added:
    Wait, people are BLAMING baartman for the stereotype? And not the powers of whiteness that made her into such a figure?...
  17. vanillaandlavender said: AMEN. Figures that ppl would of course try to put the blame on a black woman’s body, instead of on the culture and ideology that victimized that body.