Comment Writer Holly Pittaway discusses how blackface stems from white male fragility, arguing that sex plays an important role in blackface. With the recent controversies surrounding examples of blackface in shows like Come Fly With Me and Little Britain , opinions on blackface are cropping up everywhere on my timeline. It is clear to me, however, that many of the opinions I am hearing come from a place of deep ignorance and little knowledge of the history of blackface. So, here is my two cents. For the necessary context, I am a recent History graduate and the bulk of my final year was spent researching and writing on the topic of blackface as part of my dissertation.
Race and sexuality
Blackface and Sex: How Blackface is Rooted in White Male Fragility | Redbrick Comment
My friend Miranda has accompanied me here for moral support. We scale a no-frills metal staircase at the end of an alleyway behind the high street, where a weary blond woman is ruling a domain of coats, cash and lists. She has a defeated manner, like the only sober person at a party when everyone is drunk. I have no idea why I decided to make myself look so dowdy. Miranda is doing much better; she has obediently put on a basque, along with a skirt much shorter than mine, and boots that elongate her long legs. It was the easiest way of manipulating our actual names without revealing the fact that we are both black. His presence is comforting; he seems like an island of sanity in a sea of grotesque chaos.
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Race and sexuality is how race and human sexuality interact. After the abolition of slavery in , white Americans showed an increasing fear of racial mixture. There was a widely held belief that uncontrollable lust threatens the purity of the nation. This increased white anxiety about interracial sex, and has been described through Montesquieu 's climatic theory in his book the Spirit of the Laws , which explains how people from different climates have different temperaments, "The inhabitants of warm countries are, like old men, timorous; the people in cold countries are, like young men, brave. As the men were not used to the extremely hot climate they misinterpreted the women's lack of clothing for vulgarity.
What do tennis star Serena Williams, U. Kamala Harris and businesswoman Mellody Hobson have in common? But despite these real-world examples of interracial relationships, a Pew Research Center report found that black women are the least likely group of women to marry, especially outside of their own race. Despite this, Judice said race was not an important factor for most of the people she interviewed for the book. Black women are the only group of women in America who cannot take for granted that if they seek marriage to a black man that there will be an ample supply of available men from which to choose.