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Black IntersectionalitiesA Critique for the 21st Century$
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Monica Michlin and Jean-Paul Rocchi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319389

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319389.001.0001

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Revising Jezebel Politics: Toward a New Black Sexual Ethic

Revising Jezebel Politics: Toward a New Black Sexual Ethic

(p.195) 13 Revising Jezebel Politics: Toward a New Black Sexual Ethic
Black Intersectionalities

Jennifer S. Leath

Liverpool University Press

“Jezebel” as trope, representation, and narrative has been zealously deployed against women of the African Diaspora since the advent of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. However, Jezebel’s image has also been constructed and reconstructed within dominant Biblical narratives over centuries — often signifying sexual immorality and political treachery. This essay takes up the dual task of destabilizing both the oppressive representations of women of the African Diaspora according to Jezebel stereotypes and dismantling the dominant Judeo-Christian treatment of Jezebel as an infamous actor. Specifically, this essay uncovers the relationship between Jezebel’s historical and contemporary cartography of sexualized politics and politicized sexuality — including the transformation of desire. It also outlines the nature of Jezebel’s religious pluralism in relation to her sexuality and politics. It also yields a unique mapping of “Jezebel’s” radical deployment of sexuality, politics, and spirituality and an account of innovative social ethics made possible through the integration of sexual, political, and spiritual resources.

Keywords:   black church, Black sexual ethic, Jezebel, marginalization, quare, queer, racist stereotypes, religious pluralism, sexist stereotypes, stigmatization

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