Essay on Did Gender Make a Difference within Slavery?

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Did Gender Make a Difference within Slavery?

Within slavery there were harsh conditions which
Frederick Douglass tries to convey in his biography
"Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass."
Within this narrative he dezribes how men and women slaves were treated differently by their masters.
Women were abused by their master, physically, sexually, and mentally, while men were mostly abused physically and mentally. Many slave women suffered regular beatings.
Frederick Douglass mentions several different instances where female slaves who he knew where beaten regularly. One of Douglass's first overseers,
Mr. Plummer, would beat Douglass's aunt on a daily basis. Mr. Plummer whipped Douglass's aunt so often he began a
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Men and women alike were physically abused by their masters, deserving or not. Not only did women suffer harsh physical abuse, they were also sexually abused. Many of the masters had relations with their female servants. Frederick
Douglass's own father was white, and it was rumored that his father was his original master. Douglass believed the sexual abuse that masters inflicted was
"done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and make a gratification of their wicked desires profitable as well as pleasurable" (21). He believed female slaves were not only workers for the masters but also outlets for sexual frustration. Women did not only endure sexual abuse by their masters, they also had the responsibility of bearing children to increase their masters' wealth. These women were treated as animals, being bought for child bearing.
Frederick Douglass exemplifies this attitude toward female slaves through the story of a slave named
Caroline. Douglass stated that her master, Mr. Covey
"bought her, as he said, for a breeder" (72). When she produced a set of twins, "Mr. Covey seemed to be highly pleased .... nothing they could do for
Caroline during her confinement was too good, or too hard to be done" (73). Men did not have the misfortune to be used for this purpose. Many male slaves enjoyed the fact that these women were present. It gave them the chance to
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