Is there a correlation between the exoticism of those considered mixed-race and the creation of a consequent eroticism? Can we identify precursors to plaçage resulting from miscegenation? How did it differ across and between colonies by colonial power? What about in instances where colonial power shifted—i.e., a Spanish territory becoming a French territory, or a British territory becoming a French territory, etc.
First, as there are many perspectives to be considered, I propose looking at the following perceptions/interests:
- Benefits and disadvantages in mixed-raced relationships. Who is benefiting?
- Perceptions of the class (and/or) race of mixed people by those considered “fully” white or Black (those not considered mixed race).
- Self-perception amongst those who are considered mixed.
Looking at eroticism as a source of power, could we apply this to the constructs of race and/or gender? Where might this fit into a larger discussion on sexuality and intersectionality as it relates to sexuality? Within the confines of sexuality, exoticism, and eroticism as it pertains to people of color, where do we see room to again, shift the negativity of the narrative, create a new one, or expound upon initiated attempts to do so?