America in the 1980s was bookended by the murder of John Lennon in 1980 and the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. In between there was MTV, AIDS, Duran Duran, crack, Michael Jackson, and Tiananmen Square.
If dating in the 1980s had to be summed up in one word, it would be the mall. It was the best of times and it was the most consumerist of times. Guys and girls were shopping for love in all the greedy places. Here’s what dating was like in the 1980s… More
If Queen Elizabeth I were alive today, she’d look a lot like Tilda Swinton and dress like Hillary Clinton. More
Yesterday, Justin Bieber said something that irritated a lot of people (in fact, Amanda literally threw stuff across the room and screamed). While visiting the Anne Frank House in Germany, he wrote this message in the guestbook: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
Yeah. Uhm. More
Hello everyone! It’s time now for a new column called “Sex Tips From History,” wherein each week I will spotlight a useful sex and/or love tip from that greatest sex instructor of all, history. Some of them are going to be awful, so maybe don’t try them at home. Or do, but be aware that some people hate history and hence will not take kindly to your attempts to bring it into the bedroom. More
Pliny the Younger: author, magistrate, equestrian…slut shamer. More
If you’re anything like me, all this talk about the Les Mis movie, with its glancing attentions to the Paris Uprising of 1832, has reignited your long-dormant interest in French military history (I assume you’re already all talked out on Anne Hathaway’s weight loss and Russell Crowe’s singing voice). Between 1789 and 1905 the French tried to have a revolution at least once a year, to keep things fresh. Here are a few of the best ones. More
I think one of the things that makes me not want to develop a time machine and go back to the 18th century right now (despite the great wigs) is the notion that I would probably be married off to someone I didn’t like very much, who would then take a mistress. While I would do… nothing. At least, nothing in terms of fun and flirtations and romance. I would bear children, and I would knit. Knitting. That’s a thing ladies do. They knit like fiends, slowly forming the nets that mirror the metaphoric web called life which has so trapped them.
Wrong! Not true! And not the case for all women. If you eneded up in, say, 18th century Italy, you would totally not knit, because you would have a cicisbeo (sometimes called a cavalier servente).
While men were permitted mistresses, in Italian culture through the 18th and 19th century a somewhat similar arrangement existed for women More
In Pick Of The Week, I highlight a nifty fashion/home/beauty item that I’ve discovered in my travels. More
Don’t you hate it when you find out things about your heroes that kind of ruin them for you, like the fact that Margaret Sanger was a racist asshole? You’re in luck today, then, because Feminsting has gotten a hold of groundbreaking lady pilot Amelia Earhart‘s 1930s prenuptial agreement, and it is the opposite of that. More
4. Athaliah Killed: rival claimants to the throne of Judah Using: unknown Source: 2 Chronicles 22:10-11 “When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family of the house of … More
So, I spend a lot of time on this series called Shelved Dolls, which, I don’t know, maybe you read, maybe. I want to do something similar with men in history. More
Specifically: why it’s best to choose an older woman to be your mistress. More
So, what could possibly help in the eleventh hour, with Mitt Romney‘s uphill battle looking so steep?
…Prayer. A metric fuckton of prayer. More
In the latest installment of the fashion industry doing something regrettable with respect to whole cultures, Gap has pulled a shirt from production after massive public outcry across Twitter and Facebook (and petitions!). More