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Winnaretta Singer

To continue my recent series of ‘Badass Women’ posts, today I’d like to talk about Winnaretta Singer: heiress, arts patron, two-time princess, open and unapologetic Victorian lesbian. Oh, and I forgot to add to her bio: fabulous cape-wearer. I’ll just … Continue reading

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Woman Chief, Pine Leaf

Way back in they day I did a series of “Badass Women” posts about understudied nineteenth-century hellions, including Isabella Bird, Mary Fields, Mother Jones, Mary Kingsley, Belle Starr, Belle Boyd, Si Mahoud, Mrs. Cheng, and others. I’ve decided that since … Continue reading

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Yaa Asantewaa

Way back in they day I did a series of “Badass Women” posts about understudied nineteenth-century hellions, including Isabella Bird, Mary Fields, Mother Jones, Mary Kingsley, Belle Starr, Belle Boyd, Si Mahoud, Mrs. Cheng, and others. I’ve decided that since … Continue reading

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Chevalier d’Eon

I first heard about this historical figure on Futility Closet’s blog here. The Chevalier d’Eon (1728-1810), is a great trans historical figure and sounds like an all-around badass. The Chevalier identified as a woman for the last 33 years of … Continue reading

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False Ears

Just a really quick one today. This story was originally in the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal, 6 April 1867. “False ears of flesh colour india-rubber have been invented for the use of ladies with large ears. They are used in front … Continue reading

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Moustache Guards

The following story originally appeared in the Shields Daily Gazette, 7 June 1867. “I was much struck the other day by a novel and important invention which I saw in a shop window. This was nothing more nor less than a … Continue reading

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It’s Raining Men

I found this story on Mrs. Daffodil Digresses here. The original source was the Auckland [NZ] Star, 16 April 1926: p. 3. “A fantastic ‘Imperial secret’ that had its inception on a New York farm, and its conclusion in the courts of the Romanoffs, … Continue reading

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