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Unformatted text preview: with his desires for her and his reputation as a renowned scholar. Ultimately the scholar’s ego won out and he had Baartman jailed for “indecency” until her death from Chlamydia. “Venus” was a very pessimistic play that encapsulated the objectification of the “other” during Europe’s period of colonization and imperialism. As a member of the audience, I felt as though the play was way too long and I found myself becoming bored. However, the play was true to Anthropology 263’s course themes of fetishism, racism and objectification. I would not recommend this play to a friend, but it was a good experience as a supplement to this course....
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- Sara Baartman, Saartjie Baartman, Khoikhoi, Steatopygia, Freak show