A Wronged Woman: The Portrayal of Madame du Barry

A French Revolution blogger recently remarked on the portrayal of Louis XV’s mistress, Jeanne du Barry, in many books about Marie Antoinette. Madame du Barry is shown as an uncouth whore with little to no manners, an inferior to the fresh, polished dauphine Marie Antoinette, who takes great pleasure in slighting her. The rivalry between Louis XV’s maitresse-en-titre and the young dauphine was the talk of Versailles in the last years of his reign, but many works of fiction tend to take Marie Antoinette’s part in it. After all, Jeanne du Barry was nothing more than the king’s whore, whereas Marie Antoinette was the daughter of the Austrian empress and a member of a family who could trace themselves back to the Roman nobility. Continue reading A Wronged Woman: The Portrayal of Madame du Barry

A Look at Some Pop Culture Hoaxes

I had never heard of Manti T’eo until the whole world found out about his dead girlfriend being a hoax. When I was down with the flu, I read several articles about it because I find hoaxes fascinating, and the weirder the elements, the better.  Continue reading A Look at Some Pop Culture Hoaxes

The Five Best Artists/Bands You Might Not Be Listening To

1. Pop Pick: Allison Weiss

Weiss got her start where new acts do these days, on the YouTubes. I fell in love with her adorably earnest cover of Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life.” It was a love deep enough to prompt me to try some of her original stuff. For your starter pack, give her video “I’m Ready” a view/listen. Continue reading The Five Best Artists/Bands You Might Not Be Listening To

News in Africa: 1/31/2013 (The Article Where I Talk a Lot About Women)

African women have been in the news a lot lately, whether it be women succeeding in various fields or a call for better education and protections for women. It seems only fitting to focus on these various stories for this week’s article. More details after the jump. Continue reading News in Africa: 1/31/2013 (The Article Where I Talk a Lot About Women)