Date

5-13-2020

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It was 1419 when the transatlantic slave trade would begin the stripping of black womanhood. By 1650 becoming the slave masters sex object on the plantation and in 1840 to the surgical table where they were experimental subjects of medical doctors for the development of women reproduction health also known as Gynecology. Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsy were the first women experimented on under the racist medical ideology that was produced by scientist stating that black bodies are painless beings. Now, the story has left trans-generational trauma marking black "painless" bodies of women in isolation from proper medical treatment in women's reproductive health. The objective of this paper is examining the historical usage of black women's bodies within the field of medicine, while address the present-day treatment and experiences of black women within the health sector and the implications it has on diversity and health. Through work of Marion Sims one of the forefathers of Gynecology, this research will highlight the transgenerational trauma of unethical medical experimentation on black women's health today, specifically examining the mortality rate of black women and black children. The medical experience of black women contributes to our understanding of diversity and health, by the historical and institutional practices that have trickled down, both on to black women and through the scalpels and medical research of medical physicians. This research will employ that black women's body have been found guilty throughout history, but the guilt doesn't lie within the truth, it lies within the untold truth.

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May 13th, 12:00 AM

The Stain of Slavery on the Black Women’s Body and the Development of Gynecology: Historical Trauma of a Black Women’s Body

It was 1419 when the transatlantic slave trade would begin the stripping of black womanhood. By 1650 becoming the slave masters sex object on the plantation and in 1840 to the surgical table where they were experimental subjects of medical doctors for the development of women reproduction health also known as Gynecology. Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsy were the first women experimented on under the racist medical ideology that was produced by scientist stating that black bodies are painless beings. Now, the story has left trans-generational trauma marking black "painless" bodies of women in isolation from proper medical treatment in women's reproductive health. The objective of this paper is examining the historical usage of black women's bodies within the field of medicine, while address the present-day treatment and experiences of black women within the health sector and the implications it has on diversity and health. Through work of Marion Sims one of the forefathers of Gynecology, this research will highlight the transgenerational trauma of unethical medical experimentation on black women's health today, specifically examining the mortality rate of black women and black children. The medical experience of black women contributes to our understanding of diversity and health, by the historical and institutional practices that have trickled down, both on to black women and through the scalpels and medical research of medical physicians. This research will employ that black women's body have been found guilty throughout history, but the guilt doesn't lie within the truth, it lies within the untold truth.