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Angela Davis observed that one of the most important developments after the abolition of slavery was that black people could choose their own sexual partners I agree that African Americans being able to choose their own sexual partners is important because it was necessary to help the people as a whole further advance One of the concentrations of the Harlem Renaissance was improving the sexuality of black women The progression of black womens sexual independence is portrayed in Sweat Blood Burning Moon and Poem In Sweat Delia is portrayed as a weak dependent black woman In Blood Burning Moon Louisa is portrayed as a stronger more independent black woman and in Poem Johnson portrayed a very strong independent sexually comfortable black woman Due to gaining the ability to choose their own sexual partners black women increasingly gained sexual independence as time went on and society adjustedLooking at sweat the black woman is portrayed in the initial stages of sexuality progression as weak and dependent She better if she wanter eat p 1024 Jim Joe and Moss were conversing about Delia having to carry and fetch laundry every Saturday despite rain or sunshine if she wanted to eat By using the word eat I interpreted Moss either intended the actual meaning of eat or he meant not to be beaten I thought this because if Delias husband Sykes did not receive Delias earnings he would have starved or beaten her for it This indicates how severe Delias dependence on Sykes was and how weak she has become as a resultAnother part in the text was Too much knockin will ruin any oman He done beat huh nough tuh kill three women let lone change they looks p 1024 Moseley saying this indicated that the society knew about the domestic abuse occurring within Delias home and did not interfere Since the society did not interfere with the ongoing abuse it is apparent that black women were not
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