Why these women chose to sexually abuse slaves probably varied by situation.
Perhaps some of them were simply bored or sexually frustrated...
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However, although birth control and abortion methods in the nineteenth-century were not as widely used, safe, or accessible as they are today, they existed.
Condoms made out of animal skin, membrane, oiled silk, and rubber were used along with other contraceptive techniques to prevent pregnancy (Caron, 2008, p. For much of the nineteenth-century, abortion was largely unregulated, and it was not limited to poor, immigrant, or black women; upper- and middle-class white women, too, had abortions (Caron, pp. This would have allowed white women to have affairs with black men with some level of confidence that they would not be caught.
It is possible the sexual exploitation of slaves by women who had little power in relation to white men was a source of enjoyment that created a feeling of power.
White women whose affairs with slaves were made known faced varying degrees of public humiliation. 1.) According to Powell (2010), legal and popular definitions of rape vary, but most “specify any penetration of bodily orifices against a person’s will” and require lack of consent.
There is also a possibility that affairs between white women and slaves were simply not noticed or recorded as often as they occurred.