Look, I was ready to do a really nuanced piece on Anna Wintour. It was going to contain great lines like “British people aren’t so great, they’re just like really cranky Americans.” I don’t know. Stuff like that, but much wittier. I was going to play with that sentiment and turn it into a silk purse of a bon mot just in time for fashion week.
I guess you people don’t like ladies being quick tempered with their assistants so much as you like ladies who supposedly poison everybody.
But did she? The Jeremy Irons Showtime spectacular The Borgias seems to indicate that Lucrezia was just a nice teenager used by her family. There is, of course, debate about that. I’m reluctant to think that she was just an innocent, unknowing pawn in her family’s dealings. She was incredibly close to her family! And it would be pretty hard to stay innocent around them, as her family, was, legitimately, a tough bunch of cookies.
I guess I’m initially reluctant to assume that Lucrezia Borgia was just a nice, virtuous victim.
A lot of people are inclined to point out that whenever women are said to have done bad things in history it’s a case of misogyny running rampant. There will always be people who claim that, when it comes to historical women, other people try to discredit them because they couldn’t handle the existence of powerful women. Certainly, some people are apt to say that about, say, Elizabeth Bathory. The thing is, Elizabeth Bathory kept a personal diary keeping a record of the girls she bit to death and fed to her male servants. So, that seems to be a pretty effective counterargument to the notion that people just made up mean lies about her.
And I think this argument is actually the opposite of progressive. Women aren’t saints.Women can do bad things. Men can do bad things. And both men and women are more likely to do bad things when they have massive amounts of power and no laws in place to stop them from doing very bad things.