Monthly Archives: June 2013

A Time The French *Weren’t* Good At Bread

Okay, I've run out of prostitute-related material for the moment. I'm sure I will find more in the months to come. I found the following story by following @historyweird on Twitter, and reading their blog found here. The quotations come … Continue reading

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Courtesans and Undapants

All info and quotations from Katie Hickman's Courtesans. After the French Revolution, fashion did away with the old method of dressing, which had been to cover your body with a bird cage, throw 3,000 feet of fabric and a garden … Continue reading

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Courtesans and Birth Control

All info and quotations from Katie Hickman's Courtesans. Most of the courtesans we've discussed never had any children because 1.) Kids are expensive (and those diamonds you're going to wear once and throw away aren't going to pay for themselves), … Continue reading

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Things Not To Say To Your Courtesan

We've talked a lot about courtesans who take much younger clients, and usually they're devoted to the point of being suffocating. Ladies, if you're looking for unrequited love and don't want a puppy, then date a younger guy. They'll turn … Continue reading

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La Barucci

All quotations from Katie Hickman's Courtesans. Giulia Beneni, known socially as "La Barucci", was a contemporary of Cora Pearl and La Paiva, also working in Paris. She was Italian and, being the paragon of modesty that courtesans typically are, told … Continue reading

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La Païva

All quotations from Katie Hickman's Courtesans, as usual, while I'm on my prostitute blogging bender. Whereas yesterday's Cora Pearl was eccentric, charming and a little cold-hearted, today's Victorian courtesan, La Païva, is straight-up eerie. Like, so eerie that a lot … Continue reading

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Cora Pearl, the Kim Kardashian of the 19th Century

All quotations are from Katie Hickman's Courtesans. When it comes to fame-seeking courtesans of the Victorian era, Cora Pearl is, without question, the Queen Jezebel of Attention Whores. She was one of those women who was considered by the standards … Continue reading

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