An older Sims wearing some of his honors.
The Sims speculum as seen in Bust Magazine.
A Spoon Will Catch the Dark Girls' Pain
A story about J. Marion Sims, known as the father of modern gynecology ... who got there by experimenting on slaves.
Winner of Gemini Magazine's splashy annual prize for short fiction.
And here's a sample:
“Just a grain more, the poor things,” urges Theresa, who has
watched them venture outside with their blood-stained laundry,
to hang it fleetingly out of sight. “So they can sleep.”
Opium is not cheap, but giving extra to the girls makes Theresa
the sweeter at night, when she is the only woman he thinks of.
He measures their doses on the tip of a knife.
* * *
Theresa: his ideal and his idol, whom he has loved since he was
eleven and she eight, in the comfortable Carolina town of their
parents. He describes her variously as a fine woman, tall,
handsome, a dashing girl, a fine rider, with fine
accomplishments and great beauty. She was a belle with many
beaux, whereas he was a pigmy.
* * *
If there was anything I hated, it was investigating the organs of
the female pelvis.
—The Story of My Life
* * *
Anyone would choose pain and a cure over pain without one,
but how much pain must there be?
They are accustomed to biting their lips to muffle their grief.
The masters shudder at the sight of them and the wives won’t
even look. They are not allowed in houses because of the smell,
and the overseers use the whip in the fields, believing their
foulness will ruin the crops.
As they are now, they can’t make more babies, and thus they
cost in profit.
Anyway, it’s not up to dark girls to choose the kind of hurt they