MindFoodMonday Ep3 Saartjie Sarah Baartman



MindFoodMonday Ep3 Sarah Baartman and the video vixen

Im hoping this episode and blog can help a few maybe all black women begin to see that we know they are beautiful, we know what they have , but its time to give better and be better for your self and your children – in a sense Saartjie Baartman Died for you – for you to realize this life is more for you then just your body – nobody discredits the Video Vixen we Discredit the mentality that comes with it – before your ancestors had no choice over the exploitation

The Black Venus ( Le Venus Nior )

part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-7bKi5MFWI

part 2 http://youtu.be/gj4x-6UMg9M

After her death and return home this century –

Saartjie Baartman will be a positive name for her people and the women of South Africa http://www.saartjiebaartmancentre.org.za/ please check out the honor that has been bestowed on her name we must continue to honor Saartjie

Saartjie (Sarah) Baartman’s story

Who is Saartjie (Sarah) Baartman, and why have we named our women’s centre after her?  In 1810, when Saartjie Baartman was in her early twenties, she was persuaded by an English ship’s doctor, William Dunlop, to travel to England to make her fortune. However, as a Khoikhoi woman she was considered an anthropological freak in England, and she found herself put on exhibition, displayed as a sexual curiosity. Dubbed The Hottentot Venus, her image swept through British popular culture. Abolitionists unsuccessfully fought a court battle to free her from her exhibitors.Saartjie Baartman was taken to Paris in 1814 and continued to be exhibited as a freak. She became the object of scientific and medical research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality. When she died in 1816, the Musee de l’Homme in Paris took a deathcast of her body, removed her skeleton and pickled her brain and genitals in jars. These were displayed in the museum until as late as 1985.

After five years of negotiating with the French authorities for the return of Saartjie Baartman’s remains, the South African government, together with the Griqua National Council which represents the country’s 200 000 Griqua people, part of the Koi-San group, brought Saartjie Baartman back to South Africa. On Friday 3 May 2002, in a moving ceremony attended by many representatives of the Khoikhoi people, Saartjie Baartman was welcomed back to Cape Town. Her final resting place is in the Eastern Cape, where she was born.

By naming our centre after Saartjie Baartman, we are remembering and honouring a woman who has become an icon, not only to her own Khoikhoi people, but to all women who know oppression and discrimination in their lives.
People sometimes ask us for pictures of Saartjie Baartman. We have decided not to provide these, out of respect for her and in order not to perpetuate her exploitation by putting her once again on display.
With regard to Saartjie Baartman’s name, we are aware that according to her baptism certificate (Saartjie was baptized in England), her name is written Sara Bartmann. In most  writings, she is referred to as Sarah or Saartjie Baartman, where Saartjie is the Afrikaans diminutive of Sarah.  There is a current debate on whether Saartjie should be discarded in favour of Sarah, as many women feel that the diminutive form of names is infantilizing. We use Saartjie and Sarah interchangeably, while acknowledging the Centre’s formally registered name as the Saartjie Baartman Centre.







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One thought on “MindFoodMonday Ep3 Saartjie Sarah Baartman”

  1. Truly beautiful women I’ve said many times to exploit blk women for money is what white society have always then and now done to blk women and havr them now feeling it’s ok for the dollar some will follow not all God bless u all hopefully

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