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She had great love for her white "family," but often treated her own family with disdain.Although she had children, sometimes many, she was completely desexualized.Mammy was portrayed as dark-skinned, often pitch black, in a society that regarded black skin as ugly, tainted. Moreover, she was often portrayed as old, or at least middle-aged. The implicit assumption was this: No reasonable white man would choose a fat, elderly black woman instead of the idealized white woman.
Mammy was so loyal to her white family that she was often willing to risk her life to defend them. Mammy found life on vaudeville stages, in novels, in plays, and finally, in films and on television.
The de-eroticism of mammy meant that the white wife -- and by extension, the white family, was safe.