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Seductress Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love In this road map to restoring feminine sexual power Betsy Prioleau introduces and analyzes the stories and stratagems of history s greatest seductresses These are the women who ravished the world fro

  • Title: Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love
  • Author: Elizabeth Prioleau
  • ISBN: 9780143034223
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
  • Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love By Elizabeth Prioleau, In this road map to restoring feminine sexual power, Betsy Prioleau introduces and analyzes the stories and stratagems of history s greatest seductresses These are the women who ravished the world from such classic figures as Cleopatra and Mae West to such lesser known women as the infamous Violet Gordon Woodhouse, who lived in a m nage with four men Smarts, imagination,In this road map to restoring feminine sexual power, Betsy Prioleau introduces and analyzes the stories and stratagems of history s greatest seductresses These are the women who ravished the world from such classic figures as Cleopatra and Mae West to such lesser known women as the infamous Violet Gordon Woodhouse, who lived in a m nage with four men Smarts, imagination, courage, and killer charm helped these love maestras claim the men of their choice and keep them fascinated for life Through an expos of their secrets, Seductress provides an authoritative, empowering guide to erotic sovereignty.

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    1. This book is my self esteem bible.The 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, [...]

    2. I enjoyed reading this book a lot 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 ha [...]

    3. 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 t [...]

    4. 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.

    5. Ugh, the writing stopped me straight away from finishing this book or getting very far into it, for that matter The way Prioleau writes alternates between ridiculously flowery verbosity and redundant repetition, all with this overt girl power theme Not mature or straightforward at all.

    6. 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 conjecture.The 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 matt [...]

    7. 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 take It s so hard, because part of the thesis is Everything you ve read about these women before is shit because it was just the patriarchy p [...]

    8. I was hoping for a lot from this book, something about feminism and seduction or how western culture and Christianity have worked against female sexuality Instead, the first chapter was about ancient fertility goddesses and the next 6 7 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 [...]

    9. After reading a few chapters, I was anxious to skip to the biographies Reading the biographies, I quickly became bored they all sounded the same.The seductresses were portrayed as goddesses I found that to be a bit unreal It seems as though the men who were seduced were weak and unable to stand on their own Even after they were cheated on time and time again, they came back for Personally, I d rather have a man who s strong enough to stand up to me.To be honest, I skimmed most of the second hal [...]

    10. 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 was a cosmic sexpot, the be all and end all who created heaven and earth and reigned supreme over 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 div [...]

    11. I first read about this one on Salon and was intrigued Unfortunately, the tone of the book is a little too You Go Girl for me Prioleau spends too much time cheerleading both the courtesans and her readers I tend to prefer a drier mix of scholarly tone and juicy gossip Alison Weir, Antonia Fraser.

    12. The good I enjoyed Chapter 7, Machtweiber Seductresses in Politics, as Prioleau profiled some powerful historical women I admire I subscribe to the belief Prioleau touts, that there is power in female sexuality, but that this sort of power is misunderstood as mostly beauty based and fleeting Women who use these powers for self fulfillment have always been criticized, but such condemnation reflects outdated patriarchal values.The bad My complaints are mostly stylistic The language was extremely f [...]

    13. I have very mixed feelings about this book, but I am going to give it 5 stars anyway I want to write a comprehensive review later on, but for now, I just wanted to say that if you are able to distill the important stuff and ignore the annoying parts, this book could be a very good book to read for women of any age I would definitely recommend it to my daughters once they are a bit older Its been a few months now since I ve read this book, and I have to say that this is one of those books that s [...]

    14. I really wanted to like this book The topic is of interest to me But the writing was just too abrasive, and I couldn t finish it First she condemned feminism for condemning these sexually empowered historical women we have and then there is a lot of talk of women s superiority to men for all these sexy reasons, which again makes me so uncomfortable And worst of all, there was a lot of assumptions being flaunted as truth dealing with historical facts From reading this book, you d think we intimat [...]

    15. So far this book is not at all what I expected, but not in a bad way The preface and the first chapter are explaining the book as the history of seduction and seductresses, how it relates to feminism and how if women did things like those of famous seductresses, we would be liberated My favorite quote so far is about how men cling like crotch crabs to their historic prerogatives of the initiative, double standard, promiscuity, mate trade ins, domination and domestic copouts I also really enjoy [...]

    16. Overall, this was a very good read I am constantly interested in books that illustrate a saucier side of history You will meet Violet Gordon Woodhouse who had four husbands, Jane Digby who leaves a string of loves to seek the ultimate life and love she wants in the deserts of the Middle East, or the psychoanalyst author Lou Andreas Salome who ensnares Friedrich Nietzsche into a love triangle There were moments where I wanted detail on each of the women presented to weigh what was being presente [...]

    17. Somewhat fun, but confusing Mini biographies of some very interesting women Albeit the bios are reductive to the point of pithy and even trite Having read full biographies on a lot of them, some of the author s points were over simplified and glossy as compared to the researched fact The author also keeps talking about some goddess Innana, and I kept wondering when I d met her and what she was all about Apparently all the women in the book are some manifestation of Innana, but I failed to grasp [...]

    18. I loved the themes in this book, but I would have preferred the focus to be on detailed, in depth biographies with substance Instead, for me the brief summaries of so many different women diminished what the writer actually set out to accomplish These women were confident, captivating, exciting, passionate, and adventurous well deserving of books dedicated to the way they lived their lives I found myself feeling empowered, sensual, inspired but I still thought that Prioleau left something to b [...]

    19. Couldn t even get through the end The good the anecdotes of real life women, especially recognizable names, were entertaining and insightful The bad the writer s definition of female empowerment was superficial and insulting She relied upon women who were mentally imbalanced and money hungry to be her paragons of independence I struggle with female figures being upheld as the beacons of female progress when all they do is participate in high end prostitution and suck the money from men around th [...]

    20. A very interesting compilation of short biographies of numerous women throughout the ages who were able to overcome the patriarchal basis of society and become wealthy and powerful in their own right Along the way are commentaries by the author that add spice and interest to the variety of women who used their wiles to control men and get what they wanted Though men will find it interesting, the book was written for women or at least the commentary of the author seems to be directed at women Thr [...]

    21. An absolute delight of a book Woman as femme fatale at her finest is noted within the pages of Seductress with several infamous examples Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Mae West, Catherine the Great and a few who were notorious in their day, but have faded with obscurity Isabella Stewart Gardner, Martha Gelhorn, Louise Labe Each woman is fascinating in her history and abilities, which range from mild to astonishing Worship of the sexual goddess, woman as seductory artists, and seduction in politics are [...]

    22. Brilliant An uplifting and inspiring look at women who refused to be submissive, who refused to accept the roles and the stigmas society laid upon them Some were beauties, but many were not Some were sirens from the time they hit puberty, others discovered their seductive powers late in life All of them, whether wealthy or poor, beauty or no, commanded an innate sense of what men want and need, though they don t often recognize it in themselves in a woman in order to fall madly, truly madly, in [...]

    23. Prioleau seems unwilling to explore the criticism of the women whose lives she chronicles for then the space it takes to brush it off Her prose, when discussing vagaries and underlying themes, is cloying and overly floral think Tom Robbins pumped up with estrogenwithout a plotd not that good Her ideas were interesting I am inclined to go back to her source material My favorite parts were the biographies of famous seductresses, but even these I felt were too cursory Overall, it was ok.

    24. Wow This book completely eradicates all conceptions that feminists can t revel in thier beauty and sexuality and love being loved The women in this book were made famous for their abilty to read what men wanted, as well as for thier wit and intelligence Now that is a serious triple threat It was once said, A witty woman is a treasure, a witty BEAUTY is a power and I think this still holds true if only we weren t so afraid to use what we have

    25. Wow I bought this at Powells this weekend, and couldn t tear myself away from it until I had Finished At first I was a bit sceptical because I had found it in the feminism section, but it turned out to be every bit as amazing as I could have hoped Modern day women ought to embrace thier sexuality as much as historical figures.

    26. Great read A needed broadening and revision of feminism situating female sexuality as a fundamentally intellectual and creative trait a primordial power that women can and have used in creative ways Very interesting historical overview of so called seductresses spanning many different categories adventuresses, artists, politicians, etc.

    27. This book is awful and great at the same time I didn t love the writing, nor the whole premise of the book, but I will say this I certainly had opinions about it I think there ll be a very interesting discussion over book club on this one What does it mean to be a woman What type of feminist are you if you are one How should sexuality be used What are men for etc.

    28. the theme of this book grew tiring very quickly it s as if the author is lecturing the reader on how to be a sex kitten she constantly emphasized how to keep the boys coming back for gag however, it redeemed itself in that i learned about some very fabulous ladies, and it has since led me to reading about their lives.

    29. I adore this book It is all portraits on women throughout history who have, as the title says, ravished the world and everyone around them the book is separated into different sections depending on the type of seductress the woman was It s a fasctinating read I think the saddest part, though, is how little known most of these women as.

    30. The idea behind this book is what grabbed me I have yet to finish it The brief biographies of its heroines leave much to be desired I find myself continually wishing I could leaf through the author s research instead of her published work.

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