Gabrielle d'Estrees, 1594

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Temptress

Wow, I am feeling both inspired and turned on today.  Lately I’ve been dabbling in the subject of the Temptress.  What makes a temptress, you ask? Well to start, she's confident sexy, smart, cunning woman that always gets her way.  She has a way of wrapping men around her finger - not just her lovers, but all men.  Throughout history, the temptress (and women in general) have been given a pretty bad wrap. But I give them a lot of credit for going after what they want.  I only hope to one day embody a smidgen of the sensuality that these pleasure seekers have.  Here are a few of my personal favorites!  Enjoy!


Lilith wasn't just the first bad girl... she was the first girl. Yes, ladies and gentleman, according to Jewish folklore Lilith was actually Eve's predecessor and created as Adam's equal.  Lilith celebrated her flesh and body and wanted to experiment with sexuality.  Adam on the other hand, insisted on the missionary position every time they made love.  Talk about no fun...  Anyways, according to the "Alphabet of Ben Sira" she was banished from paradise when she screamed the unspeakable name of God. And like most big timers who fall from glory, she went on a giant party binge - mostly involving drugs and demon sex.  The fun didn't last too long though. Obviously demon sex leads to demon babies and Lilith ended up birthing hundreds. Then she moved on murdering human babies. And you thought Lindsey Lohan hit rock bottom. To think... it all started because she was tired of Adam being on top. Its no wonder why women feel so guilty about doing what makes them happy.  For thousands of years, women were taught to submit to our men's needs and not follow our own pleasures....Or we might end up crazy and alone with lots of screaming demon babies....


I'm sure we're all are familiar with Cleopatra. But did you know about the steamy hot sessions she had with her slaves? Well, it turns out Cleopatra would offer slaves to pleasure her for the night - as long as they agreed to be executed by morning. And a lot of her slaves took up on her offer, ensuring that this desert queen was anything but dry. But I can see this scenario being a win for both parties: The men would have their life of slavery cut short in exchange for a night of passion with queen - no problems there. And Cleopatra never had to feel guilty or awkward about her one-night-stands because they were all dead. Ultimately, Cleopatra lead Egypt the best way she knew how - using her brains and sexuality.  Both are critical to a temptress.  If only our politicians could let loose a little more like Cleopatra...

"Oh hey Scott Brown!"


Vivien was the protegee of the the Mythical wizard Merlin.  She started out as Merlin's student and begged him to teach her everything he knew. Merlin was reluctant because he knew if he shared his magical secrets, Vivien would also share his powers.  But like any good temptress, she got exactly what she desired.  Opening him up to sensual sensations wilder than any magic the old wizard knew, she had Merlin at her feet in no time... And after getting what she wanted, she cast a love spell that imprisoned him in a crystal cave forever.  If only Miss Lewinsky was as cunning as Vivien...who knows?  She could be leading our country instead of designing ugly handbags.  


Mae West

Mae West was certainly not the thinnest woman, nor did she have the prettiest face.  But she oozed sexuality from every fiber of her being. Actor Anthony Quinn once said "her merely walking on stage she caused men to get dizzy and light headed"  She loved herself more than any other man could and it drove guys crazy.  West was witty, confident and really damn funny - a killer combination! Her curvy figure didn't hurt either. "Cultivate your curves," she's been quoted saying, "- they may be dangerous but they won't be discarded."  Take that Rachel Zoe!

The Bond Girls
I remember as a girl I couldn't take my eyes off of the old 1960's bond girls. They possessed a kick ass combination of tenacity and lustiness when they tried to foil the crafty James Bond.  Some of these characters were the ultimate femme fetale's who tended to be the villain's accomplice while others were just mere eye-candy that distracted Bond from his task at hand.  Plus with names like "Pussy Galore" and Holly Goodhead how could Bond resist? 

Naomi Harris rumored to be the new Bond Girl  

All in all, the power of these temptresses stems from the power of their sexuality. It's a little scary how much influence sexuality can have - or maybe it's how easily men give in to a woman's sexuality. Either way, the power of the temptress was a force to be reckoned with throughout history and will continue to be for as long as men lust.

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