By Sovereign Syre and Siouxsie Q. James
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Comedian and amateur historian Sovereign Syre teams up with activist and journalist Siouxsie Q. James, to chronicle the lives of women of ill repute throughout history.
||ExplicitSada Abe: Lust Killer and Cultural Icon||This week we discuss Sada Abe, the famous Japanese courtesan who killed her lover and carried around his penis in her pocket. She became a cultural icon after her autobiography was published.||3/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitILL REPUTE! Living History: catching up on porn laws and after AVN!||This week, Siouxsie Q and Sovereign Syre catch up on porn headlines, the latest in sex laws, and the madness of the AVN awards.||2/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAnne Bonny and Mary Read, Part 2: Lesbian fantasy or hardcore history?||Siouxsie Q and Sovereign Syre dive into the mysterious adventures of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, two of the most famous female pirates in history. In this two part episode, these two nerdy porn stars give you ten life lessons from these two...||2/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAnne Bonny and Mary Read, Part 1: Lesbian fantasy or hardcore history?||Siouxsie Q and Sovereign Syre dive into the mysterious adventures of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, two of the most famous female pirates in history. In this two part episode, these two nerdy porn stars give you ten life lessons from these two...||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPocahontas: Conquest and Empire||This week me and Siouxsie Q. James discuss the many iterations of the story of Pocahontas and what they tell us about our ideas about womanhood, identity, conquest and empire.||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBonnie Parker: Class Conflict and True Romance||In the final episode of the first season of ILL REPUTE! Sovereign Syre and Siouxsie Q. James sit down and reflect on what we've learned, where we're going...and the legacy of Bonnie Parker, class conflict, Texas and the elections.||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAlice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute||Dr. Heather Berg returns to talk about prostitution in progressive era San Francisco after the goldrush. We talk about how much and how little has changed.||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTanya Harding, Part 2: Femininity and the Olympic Athlete||Sovereign Syre and Siouxsie Q James discuss the rise and spectacular fall of Tanya Harding and how the narrative of her story has changed with the culture.||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTonya Harding, Part 1: Femininity and the Olympic Athlete||Me and Siouxsie Q James discuss the wild life of Tonya Harding and how class and gender played into the narrative of her Olympic career and fall from grace.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Story of Ys! Sunken City, Fallen Woman.||This week we only have one episode. Dr. Heath Berg is back and we're talking about the Breton myth of Ys, a sunken city brought down by the daughter of a warrior king. We get into the politics of the narratives that shape our ideas of womanhood and...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMarsha P. Johnson, Part 2: The woman who threw the first stone at Stonewall||Me and Siouxsie Q. talk about Marsha P. Johnson, her life, her death, and her impact on the trans movement.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMarsha P. Johnson: The first woman to throw a stone at Stonewall||Me and Siouxsie Q. talk about Marsha P. Johnson, her life, her death, and her impact on the trans movement.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSally Horner, Part 2: Vladimir Nabokov and the Real Lolita||"I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don't really exist if you don't.” ― Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita There's a new book out about the real life case of Sally Horner that inspired the controversial masterpiece Lolita, by Vladimir...||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSally Horner, Part 1: Vladimir Nabokov and the Real Lolita||"I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don't really exist if you don't.” ― Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita There's a new book out about the real life case of Sally Horner that inspired the controversial masterpiece Lolita, by Vladimir...||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMaya Angelou, Part 2: Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.||Oscar Wilde once quipped that "every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future." In this episode of ILL REPUTE! Sovereign and Siouxsie sit down with guest co-hosts Mistress X and Sparkle to talk about Maya Angelou, the smudging of her sex...||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMaya Angelou, Part 1: Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.||Oscar Wilde once quipped that "every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future." In this episode of ILL REPUTE! Sovereign and Siouxsie sit down with guest co-hosts Mistress X and Sparkle to talk about Maya Angelou, the smudging of her sex...||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMadame Tallien Pt.2: From Prisoner of the French Revolution to Icon||In the second installment of this episode of ILL REPUTE! me and guest host Ela Darling discuss Madame Tallien, the overthrow of Robespierre, Occupy Wall Street, womanhood, aristocracy, and the nature of revolutions, what beauty means and where power...||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMadame Tallien Pt. 1: A Quick and Dirty History of the French Revolution and the Birth of Madame Tallien||My guest co-host this week is Ela Darling. I give a quick and dirty history of the French Revolution and the early life of Madame Tallien, the Kim Kardashian of her time. If you haven't been in history class for awhile, this might be a...||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCaliban and the Witch: Were the witch trials a product of capitalism?||This week my guest co-host is Heather Berg, a professor from USC that studies feminism, marxism, precarity, labor and porn. We talk about the witch trials and the birth of capitalism. We also talk a little Inside Baseball about academia. Heather says...||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAileen Wuornos: The First Female Serial Killer?||We talk about the fascinating case of Aileen Wuornos, a woman whose tragic life became the fodder for books and documentaries, and who was brought to the screen by Charlize Theron, an ironic fate for a girl who felt so invisible.||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Black Dahlia: Aspiring starlet or harlot?||The Black Dahlia murder galvanized a post-war America and cemented the image of Hollywood as a den of sin that would eat up innocent girls full of big dreams. But what we know about the Black Dahlia really tells us more about ourselves than...||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEmpress Theodora: The harlot that became a saint!||Empress Theodora began a prostitute in a brothel in the Eastern Roman Empire, but when she began performing on the stage, she quickly caught the eye of the Emperor, and he made her his co-regent. She ruled so well she was made into a saint after...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMarie-Joseph dite Angelique: The slave that set fire to Montreal!||In 1734 a massive fire gutted Montreal. The fire burned so fast and so fierce that in the end over half the town had been destroyed. The blame quickly came down on the head of a slave named Angelique and her lover, a white houseboy that...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJeanne Baret: The first woman to circumnavigate the globe...disguised as a man!||Jeanne Baret was the first woman to circumnavigate the globe despite it being illegal for women to board French Navy vessels in 1766. When Bougainville was commissioned to sail around the world, he asked renowned botanist Philibert Commerson to join...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLizzie Lape: The Madame who married eight times!||Lizzie Lape was an Ohio Madame who was a pioneer in every way. She married eight times, ran a chain of bordellos, was involved in political intrigue, was sued for child support and was the first Madame to be sued by the state.||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLa Malinche: hero or harlot, war bride or traitor?||Sovereign Syre and Siouxsie Q James discuss the legend of La Malinche, the native woman that helped Cortez conquer Mexico. Some see her as a traitor, others as a victim doing whatever was needed to survive. We talk about the burdens of war...||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Excellent stories of women
All of the ladies on this show are amazing. Sovereign’s foray into the nuanced histories of different women through the ages is always excellent no matter what the medium.
With Regards to Danny’s Interview
I just discovered your podcast. I like it and think it’s rather interesting, but I did notice that you tend to speak over your guest and dominate the conversation too much. This particular guest seems like a soft-spoken individual, so it would have been better to let him express himself more. That said, I look forward to listening to the rest of the series and to following your career. It’s interesting.
Wide-ranging, funny, profound
Observations roves in and out of every topic you can imagine: comedy, sure; but also politics, relationships, philosophy, identity, and more. It’s not just that there’s something for everybody, it’s that everything is included. Love it.