Temptress: The Dangerous Allure of Femme Fatales, Seductive Sirens, and Other Wicked Women

Temptress: The Dangerous Allure of Femme Fatales, Seductive Sirens, and Other Wicked Women

by Jane Billinghurst
     
 

According to Jane Billinghurst, men created the idea of the temptress — an irresistible woman bent on bringing them down — to justify the fact that they so often surrender to women, especially in the bedroom. In this fascinating study, she examines this vision in history, mythology, in the Bible, artwork, and film. She traces the evolution of the

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According to Jane Billinghurst, men created the idea of the temptress — an irresistible woman bent on bringing them down — to justify the fact that they so often surrender to women, especially in the bedroom. In this fascinating study, she examines this vision in history, mythology, in the Bible, artwork, and film. She traces the evolution of the temptress from an almost demonic presence in folklore to current in-your-face performers like Madonna.

The changing image of the temptress reflects the ebb and flow of men's fears and fantasies, as well as women's self-possession and power. When men feel threatened by women's control, temptresses are seen as dangerous. When there is a lull in the battle of the sexes, these women become objects of fantasies. Billinghurst makes the case that when men begin to accept women as equals, the figure of the temptress will serve to accommodate both male and female desires.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550549997
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Publication date:
08/09/2004
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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