Great Moments In Historical Sluttery: Calamity Jane, Woman Myth of the Wild Frontier

The true facts of the life of Martha “Calamity” Jane Canary may never be clear. Scholars, showmen, and screenwriters have all put their thumbprints on the story of this remarkable woman figure of the Wild West, and Jane herself contributed plenty of myths to the mix. The combination of fact and fiction that survives today tells […]

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Great Moments In Historical Sluttery: Empress Theodora, How A Prostitute Became the Most Powerful Woman in the Byzantine Empire

To put the remarkable life of Byzantine Empress Theodora (500 AD – 548 AD) into perspective, imagine a woman who combined the legislative know-how of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the sexual notoriety of Sasha Grey. Not just a celebrated erotic performer or a renowned leader, Theodora managed to excel at both roles in her less […]

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Great Moments In Historical Sluttery: Anita Berber, The Scandal of Weimar Berlin

Berlin between the wars was a place of social unrest and wildly creative art. Germany’s defeat in World War I found the country in the grips of an identity crisis that drove many artists, writers, and performers to reject the conservative values that led to devastating warfare and embrace new, revolutionary forms of expression. In […]

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