AASP 202 Journal Entry 4 - Candace Hood-Bey AASP 202 Black...

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Candace Hood-Bey AASP 202 Black Culture in the United States Journal Entry #4 Policing Black Women’s Bodies in the Urban Context Urbanization, the Great Migration of southern blacks to cities or urban centers, resulted in surveillance of the bodies of black women. Black female bodies were regarded amoral and disposable. During the Great Migration search for employment opportunities for black women was scarce and for some black women sex work became a necessary means to provide for one’s self. Carby explores the discourse surrounding the morally unacceptable economies for sex work and the morally acceptable policing of black women’s bodies and sexual behavior in the urban context. Black women were seen as participating in deviant behavior that required discipline considering it was seen as an impediment to the development of the black race. Carby writes, “Thus the migrating black woman could be variously
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