still, nothing: Mammy and black asexual possibility

  title={still, nothing: Mammy and black asexual possibility},
  author={Ianna Hawkins Owen},
  journal={Feminist Review},
abstractAlthough many iterations of the mammy in the last two centuries have received analytical attention, the construction of this figure as asexual or undesiring and undesirable remains to be interrogated. This essay attends to this under-theorised dimension of her image. Resisting a reading of the mammy as fixed in silence, I assert that she might instead ‘say nothing’, and bring into focus a black asexual agency that I call a declarative silence. This strategy of ‘saying nothing’ is then… Expand
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