Veronica Franco image from the amazing “The Honest Courtesan” blog: http://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/veronica-franco/
One of my favorite books ever is Seductress by Betsy Prioleau. The reason why I love this book so much is because not only does she take us on a journey of the great Seductresses in history, but she made me realize seduction is an art! We “seduce” daily. Seduction, in business, becomes “negotiating skills.” Courtesans were our celebrities of today. Our Elizabeth Taylors and Marilyn Monroes. They were followed everywhere. They fascinated and enticed. They ruled in a world where playing full-out with your femininity was snubbed in society. It just wasn’t “proper.” (Insert sassy eye roll here) How did these women do it? How were they able to rock their femininity and live exactly the way the wanted to in repressed times? There are women in this book that were not attractive. They were described as “homely” and “thin-faced” or “old.” Yet they had men all over them. What was their secret?
They were glued to whatever gave them pleasure. To their passion. They were glued to their self-respect and NO ONE was going to take those things away from them. Some were brazen about this. La Belle Otero was known for her dancing. Here is a link to a video on YouTube. It shows pictures of this famous courtesan and then a rare treat. A film of her dancing. What struck me was the very end of the video. How she suddenly moves with abandon! And like a little teaser…the video ends. I love being teased…sigh. I’ll just have to imagine what the rest of the dance was like. Or having the pleasure of seeing her live. La Belle Otero
Seduction as an Art Tip #1: Dance for yourself. Dance with abandon like Belle Otero.
Then there is Veronica Franco who had a movie Dangerous Beauty based on her. In Venice in the 1500s, women were not allowed to educate themselves. Reading was forbidden. Veronica had a brilliant mind that would not be suppressed. So she chose her mind and became a courtesan. Venetian courtesans, in their rebellion against this suppression were brilliant conversationalists. Men paid them just for the privilege of their witty, learned, fascinating ability in conversation. Veronica wrote poetry and published both in a book during her life time. Veronica Franco: Poems and Selected Letters
Seduction as an Art Tip #2: Work that beautiful mind. Get curious. Don’t be afraid to question the written word and back your opinions up!
Seduction as an Art Tip #3: Beryl Markham was all about her passion for adventure. She roamed the world for men, excitement and prizes. Embrace your passions. No excuses. Ever!
Madame De Pompadour worked her innate “grace.” Grace is a complex virtue and when mastered it can move even the most jaded of characters. Something that served her well in what was a very complex and treacherous existence: Mistress to King Louis XV. You know how bad competition among women is now. Imagine being Mistress to the King-something you don’t exactly have power to do or not to do and all the people in court trying to take your place and bring you down.
Seduction as an Art Tip #4: Grace is a skill Madame De Pompadour possessed and mastered. Master yours. It’s so much more affective than yelling, texting, IM or emailing. You will never fully embrace your Sassy Bitch if you count on communicating through a device. Communicate LIVE.
Ninon de Lenclos created a school for men. To teach them exactly how to adore and relish women. Here’s a link to the article I wrote about her: http://bitchlifestyle.com/2012/02/ninon-de-lenclos/
Every day I take a moment or two to be inspired by these women. Women who rocked their feminine in a world where they were repressed. How will you embrace yours today? Love, Goddess
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