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The Macksey Journal

Abstract

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 ideology that was produced by scientist stating that black bodies are “super bodies” when it comes to pain. Transgenerational trauma has left the black “painless” bodies of women isolated from proper medical treatment in women’s reproductive health. The objective of this paper is to examine the historical usage of black women’s bodies within the field of medicine, while addressing 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. The black women’s body has faced transgenerational trauma leaving the body uncured resulting in possibly death because of how their bodies have been viewed throughout medical history. The black women’s body has been found guilty throughout history because the verdict comes from the bloodline that started in 1419.

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