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Mon Mar 2, 2015, 01:18 PM

The Jezebel Effect: Why the Slut Shaming of Famous Queens Still Matters

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Publication Date: February 26, 2015
Have you heard that Catherine the Great died having sex with her horse? Or perhaps you prefer the story that Anne Boleyn had six fingers and slept with her brother? Or that Katheryn Howard slept with so many members of the Tudor court that they couldn’t keep track of them all? As juicy and titillating as the tales might be, they are all, patently untrue.

Modern PR firms may claim that no publicity is bad publicity, but that, too, is untrue. The fact that Cleopatra is better known for her seductions than her statecraft, and that Jezebel is remembered as a painted trollop rather than a faithful wife and religiously devout queen, isn’t a way for historians to keep these interesting women in the public eye, rather it’s a subversion of their power, a re-writing of history to belittle and shame these powerful figures, preventing them from becoming icons of feminine strength and capability.

Slut shaming has its roots in our earliest history, but it continues to flourish in our supposedly post-feminist, equal-rights world. It is used to punish women for transgressions against gender norms, threatening the security of their place in society and warning that they’d better be “good girls” and not rock the patriarchal boat, or they, too could end up with people believing they’ve slept with everything from farm animals to relatives.

This is The Jezebel Effect.

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ismnotwasm Mar 2015 #1
mercuryblues Mar 2015 #2
MisterP Mar 2015 #3

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Mon Mar 2, 2015, 01:38 PM

1. The Biography of Catherine The Great

Not the one by Massie-- I haven't read that, but a different one was the first biography I read over and over. She facinated me as a young woman, and I never heard, or at least paid attention too, rumors of her sex life until much later. They meant nothing in the scope of what she was, what she accomplished for better and worse, yet these are things people will think of when her name is mentioned. Pisses me off, really.

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Mon Mar 2, 2015, 02:45 PM

2. It has

the added benefit of warning women who came after them, they to will subjected to this treatment. So shaddup and sit down. Let the menz handle this. And by Pope they did.

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Mon Mar 2, 2015, 03:11 PM

3. this goes double for Marie Antoinette

unless everyone really does believe she singlehandedly bankrupted France, was an orgy-loving lesbian, and raped her own son ...

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