Sleeps With Monsters: Historical Representations of Women, Now With Visual Aids

My latest column is up at

St. Wilgefortis, the bearded lady, hanging out all crucified and smiling…

In the course of my perambulations, I came across several visually arresting pieces that have a bearing on the discussions we’ve had here on, about historically authentic sexism and cop-out arguments.

So this week, I thought I’d present some visual arguments for the historical validity of many ways of representing many different sorts of women, from Hellenistic Greece to seventeenth-century France.

Not my most brilliant work! But it has pictures. Including of a sculpture of naked female wrestlers from seventeenth-century France – a lovely bronze piece, realistically posed (relatively) with visible musculature.

While I’m linking to things, last night I listened to the latest Galactic Suburbia podcast and enjoyed it buckets – although I confess I dozed off in the middle, and woke up in time to hear about Ursula LeGuin’s The Telling at the end. This is what I get for listening to things at 0200 hrs.

Meanwhile, Kate Elliott is hosting a discussion about reviews at her livejournal and her wordpress blog.

And Tim Pratt is running a Kickstarter for his latest Marla Mason novel.

That’s not exactly all the news that’s fit to print, but it’s all I’ve time to share today…