“The Gender of Violence” in Out of the house of bondage: the transformation of the plantation household 2003

“ They accepted and supported the social system that endowed them with power and privilege over black women” (1)

During the time of slavery even when both groups of White and African women were oppressed because they were women, the white women still took on the position of superior in the dynamic situation of superior inferior.  In fact, women on Chesapeake plantations were regularly assigned the least desirable tasks (2).  It shows the intersectionality of women’s’ lives and how a given person can be at an intersection of a bunch of different status, like the white women who were at the bottom of patriarchy on the plantations, but the top of racism and that is what they used to gain power.  The white woman would accept the social system that would give them the power.  This relates to the intersectionality of different races in the colonization of both Louisiana and Virginia because the natives were viewed as superior to the Africans yet they were inferior to any European.


  1.  Thavolia Glymph, “The Gender of Violence” in Out of the house of bondage: the transformation of the plantation household (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 24.
  2. Berkin, Carol , ed. “Women in Colonial and Revolutionary America.” Clio in the     Classroom . Ed. Margaret Crocco and Barbara Winslow. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 19. Print.
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