Resisting Commodification of Black Bodies



“During the Middle Passage, as colonial chronicles, oral tradition, oral tradition, and anthropological studies tell us, captive African women created erotic bonds with other women in the sex-segregated holds, and captive African men created bonds with other men. In so doing, they resisted the commodification of their bought and sold bodies by feeling and feeling for their co-occupants on these ships.”

– Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, Black Atlantic, Queer Atlantic


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