Sojourner Truth is made to bare her breasts to an Anti-slavery congregation after they accused her of being a man.
The display of a sensitive part of Truth’s body raises the paradox of her sexuality: On the one hand, black women over centuries have been degraded and unclean, as oversexed Jezebels, or at least sexualized objects. Even among abolitionist friends, the sexual vulnerability of slave women was a main theme. For friend or foe, in a racist stereotype and antislavery ideology, rampant sexuality clings to the figure of the black woman.
Nell Irv Painter, Sojourner Truth a life, a symbol (p.140)