Remembering Recy Taylor

Remembering Recy Taylor

I became familiar with the story of Recy Taylor in my research efforts for a project I am assembling on the black female form and sexual assault. The late Miss Taylor was raped physically by six white men, but also raped by a system who failed to punish her attackers who after violating her continued [...]

Tales of Twenty-Seven: The Shared Experience of Black Female Pain

Tales of Twenty-Seven: The Shared Experience of Black Female Pain

"Capture, imprisonment, is the closest to being dead that one is likely to experience in this life." --George L. Jackson  By twenty-seven, Saartje Baartman had already transitioned— her brain and genitals  jarred by a white scientist George Curvier praised for his “formal” distinction between white and black women. Baartman had only lived to see twenty-five [...]