Why is this behavior still considered taboo or 'shocking' or even abnormal given the diabolical nature of systemic human enslavement? This was an absolute part of the culture of enslavement. The economic system of chattel slavery was a spider's web of complexity and irony. The total and shocking debasement of humans fostered by greed, perversion and convenience. There is no 'sugarcoating' the facts here, this type of behavior was often encouraged by 'gentlemen's rules' to perpetuate control of male & female 'chattel'. There is a not a more classic or better example of a psycho/social behavioral control system, probably written by the master himself, Mr. Jefferson. If not committed by slaveowners themselves these acts were absolutely encouraged to those hired to physically control the victims.