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Why other histories matter

Photo Lupinare III (cc) Nick in exsilio. I have an interest in ancient prostitution. It’s not what I’d call a guilty pleasure, because when you read about the miserable lives the women had it’s hardly pleasure, but there is plenty of guilt. I...

Did ancient Greek women sunbathe?

6th Century BC, Athenian black-figured neck amphora with Satyrs. Photo (cc) Mary Harrsch. I thought the answer was no. There’s a reason for this and it’s due to the proper place of a good woman. For the Greeks a chaste woman would remain in the house as...

I’m happy to hear religious leaders speak about homosexuality…

…but if they’re not going to follow their own rules they should be mocked mercilessly. Thus anyone who condemns homosexuality as “unnatural” whilst wearing man-made clothes should be ignored on the ground they’re incoherent as well as...

Lecturer or Lecherer?

or Create Your Own Sex Scandal By Reading Only Half The Words. “Do you want to come back to my place for a coffee and some Lyric Poetry?“. Photo by 500lbGorilla. Mary Beard is in the news this week after being attacked for her views on nostalgia....

The War on Christmas

I finished my Christmas shopping today. Town was busy and its going to get a lot worse. Derby has chosen the pre-Christmas period to do all the roadworks that they’ve been putting off for a while. I think that if I were an evil genius seeking to crush...