In 1919, an autobiography appeared that scandalised polite American society. Chronicling the life and times of a sex worker who went by the pseudonym Madeleine Blair, Madeleine: An Autobiography took to task the puritanical forces that condemned her work and her industry, and laid on the table the story of her life as a so called 'soiled dove'. In her frank and engaging accounts, she outlines the many ups and downs that lead her into the life of a 'painted lady', but adamantly refuses to let anyone view her as a victim. From her time in Montana and Chicago, to her work over the border in Canada, Blair traverses many a bawdy-house of ill-repute, always striving to champion the legitimacy of her profession and to shed light on the world of debauchery in which she moved.Come with us to the plush parlour rooms and smoking dens of the American north, as we delve into the life of this savvy business woman and entrepreneur, Madeleine Blair.Blair, Madeleine. Madeleine: An Autobiography. Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1919. https://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/madeleine/madeleine/madeleine.html#intro Butler, Anne. M. Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitutes in the American West, 1865-90. University of Illinois Press, 1987. Erickson, Lesley. Westward Bound: Sex, Violence, the Law, and the Making of a Settler Society. UBC Press, 2011.MacKell Collins, Jan. Good Time Girls of the Rocky Mountains: A Red-Light History of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. TwoDot, 2020.McMaster, Lindsey. Working Girls in the West: Representations of Wage-Earning Women. UBC Press, 2007.Morgan, Lael. Wanton West: Madams, Money, Murder, and the Wild Women of Montana's Frontier. Chicago Review Press, 2011.If you want to support Deviant Women, follow us on: PatreonTwitter @DeviantWomenFacebook @deviantwomenpodcastInstagram @deviantwomenpodcastDeviant Women is recorded and produced on the lands of the Kaurna People and we pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Duration: 1 hr 19 min