Vegans of Color

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Intersections: Black female slave vivisection, non-human animal experimentation, and the foundation of Western gynecology April 12, 2011

Filed under: vegan — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 8:45 pm

This was originally published in my Sistah Vegan Blog about 2 weeks ago, but I wanted to share it here on VOC as well.

In this video, I speak of how Black female slaves were forced to undergo ‘vivisection’ by Dr. Marion Sims, the ‘father’ of Western gynecology. I also speak of how this fits into colonizing both ‘the other’ (Non-white peoples and nature) and how vivisection on non-human animals today is connected to the interlocking system of oppression and suffering that allowed Dr. Sims to repeatedly cut into black female slave’s vagina’s (without anesthesia, remorse, or regret).

Books for further explorations on these intersections:

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

Birthing a Slave: Motherhood and Medicine in the Antebellum South

Animal Welfare and Anti-Vivisection 1870-1910: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Mission (History of Feminism)

 

 
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