Silky

petite, bohemian, feminine goth lady, femme fatale, and sexy trollop of wild abandon...
prostitute of the streets, kept woman, whore...I am all of these...with total abandon

'in truth…she is a salamander, she is a nymph…she is a bacchante of the menelean mount.'

My Desires:

all of France, especially Paris
Italian men
sultry dark eyes
the seductive feel of black velvet and black silk
black garters and black silk stockings
esoterica
the occult
blood vampirism
erotica
the night

Venus

Venus

Friday, May 28, 2010

Harlot's Parlour: Sex Workers And Legal Brothels Of Europe



A brief and entertaining look at the legal brothels within Europe. While I understand the concern of my sisters in the life regarding the possibility of unethical managers within brothels, these places can be a safe haven for prostitutes.

Friday, May 21, 2010

"Prostitutes Of Europe"


Mathilde Bouvard, a French artist and photographer, embarked on what she called a "socio-artistic project with a European dimension"; during a tour of European cities, she got in touch with prostitutes who willingly work in the life, taking their pictures and recording their testimonies.


"One day, I realised that I did not want to make art for a purely aesthetic function, but to do it in a more social and human way," explains Bouvard. "The theme of ‘prostitution’ combines three interesting topics: marginality, women, and the idea of sex in our society." The cities in which she captured the images included Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Prague, Stockholm, Budapest, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Geneva, London, Bern, and Marseille.


Bouvard's photos put a much-needed human touch in depicting prostitutes: we are not one-dimensional stereotypes - we are like other women everywhere. Just because what we do is unusual and not socially acceptable in much of society does not mean we are less deserving of civil rights.

Mathilde Bouvard (below) has lived in Berlin since 2006, where she founded an artists' collective, S.O.U.A.D., while working on photography, painting, scenography, theatre and film decor, body painting, and live performance art.


S.O.U.A.D. (Berlin)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Hetairae


The hetairae were the professional courtesans and high-ranking prostitutes of ancient Greece, prized for their intellect and charm as well as for their beauty and sexual favours. Of all the women in ancient Greece, they alone were allowed to join men at drinking parties known as symposia.


Hetaerae appear to have been regarded as distinct from pornê, or simple prostitutes, and also distinguished from mistresses or wives.


Highly educated in music, poetry, philosophy, and current events, hetairae were independent and oftentimes influential women whose opinions and beliefs were respected by men. One had to court the favours of the hetairae, whose company was in great demand.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Bordello


Beautiful, edgy, yet lush images by Austrian photographer Vee Speers appear in her book "Bordello: The Art Of Seduction". She has lived near the notorious Rue St. Denis in Paris for many years and used her photographs to create her own interpretation of the Paris red-light district from the 1920s and 1930s within the former bordellos, whose elegant interiors have survived.


“From my window I can see the girls waiting downstairs in the doorways, and it has always fascinated me how these women display their bodies up and down the street like gaudy trinkets in a second-hand shop.“


These photographs had been reproduced with Fresson, a unique 19th century hand-worked technique using a charcoal process, creating a sumptuous quality.


Speers' work recalls the decadence of Paris nightlife of the 1920s and 1930s as exemplified by this hauntingly beautiful photograph of a Parisian prostitute from Brassaï (1933):



Alluring, sensuous, feminine...the art of seduction...

Whore

Whore

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"So sweet and delicious do I become,
when I am in bed with a man
who, I sense, loves and enjoys me,
that the pleasure I bring excels all delight,
so the knot of love, however tight
it seemed before, is tied tighter still."
— Veronica Franco (Poems and Selected Letters)

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