E–pub Download [Seductress Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love] ë Elizabeth Prioleau
Ve wonderful fulfilled lives or are they empty shells I guess "It Depends On The Person "depends on the person in that case she should have written a shorter book and concentrated on a few people And I like the message about monogamy There s is no such thing as monogamy unless that s what you want I think reality is t We are naturally magnetized by powerful personalities with superior individuation wholeness and unconflicted psyches But men have deeper reasons to adore ueens of the hill Their libidos were engineered at the beginning of time to swoon over sexy magnificas to uake in their presence and glorify honor and serve them Pushovers bubble brains and penthouse pets therefore disappoint them at a primal biochemical levelVery interesting and empowering stories about seductive women from our history However did not like the writing style and some other aspects of this book I think I would have liked this book a lot better if it had been a simple encyclopedia of seductresses throughout history There are so many fascinating women in this book and their stories are full and rich I want to write plays for at least ten of them However the surrounding tissue of the bones of those stories was really hard to wade through It s the author s contention that any seductress is a personification of the goddess of Inanna and she found a multitude of ways to claim that this or that historical figure was following in Inanna s footsteps Now I ve got nothing against Inanna She s one kick ass goddess no doubt One of my favorites actually But what about all the other goddesses from all the other cultures the different aspects of the goddess Alsoso Maybe it s because I m a mythology geek but I found the author s attempts to link the historical to the mythical pretty feeble and simultaneously facile I also resented the lessons she kept trying to teach us about seduction She seemed to be saying that women should be like these historical seductresses take back the power or something Sure fine but I wish she d let me come to my own conclusion about that I d much rather have gotten inspired by the stories "of Isabella Stewart Gardner or Agnes Sorel and taken what I wanted "Isabella Stewart Gardner or Agnes Sorel and taken what I wanted be told I might want to incorporate their traits The rebellious one in me the one most aligned with many of these women in the book wants to do the exact opposite of what she s told and thereby nullifies the book completely This book is my self esteem bibleThe title suggests using one s sexuality to gain power The book goes so much deeper than that though Our femininity is the source of our strength much as a man s physical build is his Rather than stifling this and resorting to either Madonna or whore archetypes Prioleau suggests we use the whole of our femininity from our innate empathy to our resiliency She cites neatly organized and well researched examples of several different types of women nonbeauties seniors intellectuals artists government leaders and adventurers These women are all towering examples of self possession there s not a damsel in distress Lped these love maestras claim the men of their choice and keep them fascinated for life Through an exposé of their secrets Seductress provides an authoritative empowering guide to erotic sovereign. Of it was really informative and Prioleau writes about these women with a particular energy and enthusiasm that catches on to you I disagreed with a couple of the choices she made in subjects some because they weren t really much than sociopaths who managed to abuse their way to the top and one or two because I rejected her very optimistic take on them but ultimately it comes down to the fact that Prioleau was writing about women who got power They didn t have to be good people they didn t even have to be decent human beings They gained or regained power by their talents and skills and they influenced the time they lived That is allAside from a lot of the hurdy gurdy about goddesses there was only one point that seriously irked me The goddess stuff is normal if unfortunate very few people nowadays are able to conceptualize of a culture entirely outside of their own dichotomized framework and Prioleau managed not to dwell too much on her annoyingly monotheistic viewpoint on various goddesses throughout That point occurred in a very short synopsis of a Grecian courtesan s lifePrioleau basically does something absolutely unforgivable printing the subject s thoughts on how it was better to be anything except a courtesan she outright contradicts that and comes back with the biographer s euivalent of Nuh uh Seriously Elizabeth Prioleau you are not and will never be forced into becoming a prostitute in order to survive check the arrogant dismissal Regardless of your beliefs on legalization or de criminalization or whatever you contradicted one of your subjects someone who is too dead to refute you Respect your subjects and learn to resist the temptation to use their lives to support your ideology when they outright contradict itFor a feminist author it s than a little inappropriate to silence and appropriate another woman "S Life Simply So "life simply so won t have to deal with the cognitive dissonance For twenty five thousand years before there was a male deity mankind
probably worshiped a goddess More than merely a swag bellied fertility idol she worshiped a goddess More than merely a swag bellied fertility idol she a cosmic sexpot the be all "and end all who created heaven and earth and reigned supreme "end all who created heaven and earth and reigned supreme human destiny She gave and took life revived the dead raised the tempest ripened the grain conferred civilization and reduced her servant man to fear lust and sublime rapture He propitiated her with gifts and prostrated himself before the divine one and her wonder working womb Elizabeth Prioleau Can someone else please read this and tell me what you think I think the author pushes her theory a little too much Don t get me wrong I love her adjectives and use of words like Shero instead of hero but I don t think that if the world had people like Wallis Simpson and Josephine Baker it would be a better place How many people like that can the world takeIt s so hard because part of the thesis is Everything you ve read about these women before is shit because it was ust the patriarchy putting them down But what is the truth Do vamps and seductresses or ust plain seducers li. Such classic figures as Cleopatra and Mae West to such lesser known women as the infamous Violet Gordon Woodhouse who lived in a ménage with four men Smarts imagination courage and killer charm he. .
I first read about this one on Salon and was intrigued Unfortunately
THE TONE OF THE BOOK IStone of the book is little too You "Go Girl For Me Prioleau "Girl for me Prioleau too much time cheerleading both the courtesans and her readers I tend to prefer a drier mix of scholarly tone and uicy gossip Alison Weir Antonia Fraser I was hoping FOR A LOT FROM THIS BOOK SOMETHING ABOUT FEMINISM a lot from this book something about feminism seduction or how western culture and Christianity have worked against female sexuality Instead the first chapter was about ancient fertility goddesses and the next 67 chapters are about the reincarnation of said goddesses in the way of famous women that drove men crazy Essentially its a mini bio of famous women men that loved them and how they are the reincarnation of an ancient sex goddess The same thing over and over again for all the chapters I made it through the majority of the book read about Josephine baker and skipped all of chapter seven since I knew something about each of those women Final annoying thing about this book is that while its wordy and makes you feel like you re learning something I didn t like that it wasn t cited at the bottom of the page Just a collection of further readings so I guess its something I really really wanted to like this book but gosh it was terrible An interesting read Although the content is subjective however you view it there is a large amount of fascinating historical information imbedded in the conjecture Much of this is an assumption of what really was happening in places and times that any historical nuances can only be conjectureThe presumptions throughout are interesting in the context of the subject Having been written by a woman and me reading it as a man added an additional level of conspicuousness to the entire subject matter I found in the interpretation of the male of the species that she conveys a plausible if not remarkable understanding of what sexuality means to menWhy did I give it 3 stars I am glad I read the book The book is an historical timeline for a level of femininity that deserves the revelation However there were too many women and much of their story was not written in depth enough for me Some as Gloria Steinem was marvelous I think this book was written for women than men so the target investiture for the most part didn t strike a communal chord in me I d say it was often a mechanical read rather than a page turning read All that said as I have said I enjoyed the historical view into varied dimensions of the subject matter I cannot say in an overall evaluation that I found any errors that would deviate from the institution of the sexes in the rolls of humanity I read it while reading the Feminine Mystiue alternating between reading periods The two together made a great combined instruct into the psyche of women in general There are a limited number of times and places where the word razzmatazz can be used without irony and this book was not one of them I loved the subject matter but the tone of the book is absolutely intolerable I enjoyed reading this book a lot. In this road map to restoring feminine sexual power Betsy Prioleau introduces and analyzes the stories and stratagems of historys greatest seductresses These are the women who ravished the worldfrom. ,