Jealous mistresses, creepy old men, and constant bodily threats: just one more day in the life of a slave woman. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl doesn't pull its punches in describing how women are extra-specially degraded under slavery. Yet Jacobs also shows how strong bonds between women—like those between Linda and Aunt Martha, or Linda and Mrs. Bruce—could be educational, loving, and transformative. Friendships between women cut across class and race lines.
Jacobs suggests that hiding in the crawlspace gives Linda a kind of male power, because it allows her to look at people without being seen.
Incidents's direct appeal to white readers is one way that Jacobs attempts to convince readers that black and white women are fundamentally the same.