the eroticized minority body March 1, 2007Posted by kelly in bodies, race, stereotypes.
considering our discussion of sarah-jane and the idea of the voluptuous, curvaceous, and sexual black woman, i thought it would be interesting to take a look at the image of “Hottentot Venus” otherwise known as Saartjie Baartman. She was “exhibited” and “travelled around England showing what Europeans considered her “unusual” bodily features, thought to be typical of Hottentots. Her exhibitors permitted visitors to touch her large buttocks for extra payment. In addition, she had a sinus pudoris, otherwise known as the “tablier”, “curtain of shame”, or apron, a reference to the elongated labia of some Khoisan” (wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saartjie_Baartman). While she was considered unique at the time, her image has come to represent the common stereotype and portrayal of black women. You can read more about it here.