The black woman has always been the fantasy of the White Man

In history, the "black woman" has often been regarded as the subject of "The White Man". This is the case of Saartjie Baartman. Coming from South Africa to Europe in 1810. For five years, Saartjie Baartman (Black Venus) was exhibited as a curious beast in fairs and exhibitions in England and France where thousands of onlookers came to see sex, breasts and protruding buttocks that that they called the Hottentot Venus. The men fiddles, rape and touch with umbrellas and other sharp objects. She was examined by a zoologist in Paris who put it in his book The Natural History of Mammals. Book, intended group of live animals. At his death in 1916, one of the greatest French naturalists, dissected her body, her brain and genitals were preserved in formalin.

His body was molded and exposed for nearly two centuries Musée de l'Homme in Paris. The only sin was that of Saartjie Baartman of having buxom as all the beautiful black women. In 1994, shortly after the end of apartheid in South Africa, the Khoikhoi appeal to Nelson Mandela to demand the return of the remains of Saartjie to offer her a proper burial and restore her dignity. This application runs in a refusal by the authorities and the French scientific world in the name of the inalienable heritage of the state and science. It was not until 2002, after the passage of a special law, that France restored the body to South Africa.

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