The Gloss readers are some erudite folks, so we want to know what you’re all reading right now. More
Topic: Shelved Dolls
So, I will no longer be here to tell you about historical women you can read about, but historical women still exist! More
So, last week, we established that you do not have a bad relationship with your mother. You may think you do. You may think that your mother is domineering or too intense or other not so flattering qualities that people label their mothers, but at least your mom didn’t sell you into a loveless 19th century marriage to a Duke so dour he was hilariously known as “Sunny.” More
She lived absolutely beautifully, married one of the richest men in the world and was dead by 30 from a heroin overdose. More
Sometimes I’ll be sitting eating an ice cream cone or Spaghetti-Os, and I will think, “It’s sad there are no real modern day courtesans.” There just aren’t. Partly because there are very few real monarchies, so you can’t sashay out and seduce a string of noblemen and then the King of Bavaria as easily as you could when there were nothing but aristocrats running around Europe. More
We’ve spent the past few weeks on respectable citizens of the British Empire so this week I had an important question to ask myself. That question was, “Do I want to read a juicy story about sex, or do I want to read a juicy story about murder?” I decided I wanted to read both. Meet Vicki Morgan!
It is actually shocking that it took me this long to write this Shelved Doll, because I think Elizabeth The Queen Mother, or “Cake” as she was known to her friends, is one of my favorite women of the past hundred years. More
Look, before we begin telling the tale of Jennie Jerome, mother of Winston Churchill, I am going to tell you a personal story that you are not allowed to interrupt. More
If there is one thing I have learned about history, it’s that if you are a woman with common sense, people are going to decide that you are a witch. Meet Roxelana. More
Are you reading this and thinking, “My last relationship broke up. I am trying to find someone to identify with in this story, Jennifer, but I have failed, because I either maintained my pubic hair and did not break into anyone’s house, or, alternatively, I did not deliberately drive my ex-lover to multiple suicide attempts.”
GOOD WORK, BUDDY. More
There are some aspects about which everyone seems to agree regarding Sally Hemings.
The first is that she was a stone fox. Around the Monticello plantation where she grew up she was called “Dashing Sally” by the time she was about age 15.
When she arrived in Paris with President Jefferson, she captivated people. This is also something absolutely everyone agreed upon. More
NO ONE WANTS YOUR USED-UP, STRETCHED-OUT-BY-BABIES VAGINA NEAR THEM. More
I sometimes feel there is a pattern with Shelved Dolls. I begin with a saint, then write about a serial killer and then a sinner – and start the rotation again. Marion Davies was going to be our sinner but, according to Tennessee Williams and good people everywhere she “made up for the rest of Hollywood” so I decided we needed a really spicy courtesan this week.
A regular champagne bubble about town, if you will. More