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1 *somatophobia: fear toward and contempt of the body, particularly among females; develops from views/opinions of society, culture * Spelman, Dr. Elizabeth. “Woman as Body: Ancient and Contemporary Views.” Feminist Studies 8.1 (Spring 1982):

2  man above woman  white above black  mind above body  soul above flesh stereotypical idea of male superiority: stronger created before woman God said he was lord over all on earth man is tempted to sin through woman stereotypical idea of male superiority: stronger created before woman God said he was lord over all on earth man is tempted to sin through woman

3  man above woman  white above black  mind above body  soul above flesh stereotypical idea of white superiority: more civilized more advanced greater intelligence stereotypical idea of white superiority: more civilized more advanced greater intelligence

4  man above woman  white above black  mind above body  soul above flesh stereotypical idea of mind over matter: thought supersedes action mental is superior to physical the brain controls the body stereotypical idea of mind over matter: thought supersedes action mental is superior to physical the brain controls the body

5  man above woman  white above black  mind above body  soul above flesh the body is sinful soul is eternal and body decays “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41 and Mark 14:38) “With the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:25) the body is sinful soul is eternal and body decays “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41 and Mark 14:38) “With the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:25)

6  man above woman  white above black  mind above body  soul above flesh Man is deemed the superior mind and soul. Although he, too, is made of flesh, his body is deemed stronger.

7  man above woman  white above black  mind above body  soul above flesh Woman is deemed the inferior body and flesh. She is deemed weak and prone to sin. She is deemed less intelligent.

8 white man white woman black man black woman man above woman women learn to despise their gender man above woman women learn to despise their gender

9 white man white woman black man black woman white above black non-white people learn to despise their color white above black non-white people learn to despise their color

10 white man white woman black man black woman mind above body women learn to hate their bodies mind above body women learn to hate their bodies

11 white man white woman black man black woman soul above flesh women learn that their flesh is evil soul above flesh women learn that their flesh is evil

12 white man white woman black man black woman With these absurdly stupid standards, society and culture taught that the black woman was the lowest and least important of all human beings.

13 white man white woman black man black woman

14 Even worse… raped black woman Rape is physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually destructive.

15 white man white woman black man raped black woman Rape is physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually destructive. With these sexist, racist, solipsistic standards, how does this woman value herself? ↓ With these sexist, racist, solipsistic standards, how does this woman value herself? ↓


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