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When Kinky Was Kinky

When Kinky Was Kinky

While most middle-aged frizzy-haired white girls like myself have spent lots of money (and even more hours sulking) on our less-than-Farrah-like-locks, 150 years ago, Circassian women (or "Moss-haired girls”) had what was considered some of the sexiest hair around.  Sadly, the titillation ...
Sherri Snyder: The Woman Was Barbara La Marr

Sherri Snyder: The Woman Was Barbara La Marr

Normally a movie star known the world over as the woman who is “too beautiful” is not all that relatable.  But when I came across the story of silent screen star Barbara La Marr I was not only fascinated but moved. As I wrote in my earlier piece on “The Girl Who Was Too ...
What IS a Dame?

What IS a Dame?

Dametown is a place where dames are celebrated, appreciated, advocated, venerated, illuminated, cultivated, stimulated, instigated, sometimes exonerated. This begs the question, "So, what IS a dame?" As Justice Potter Stewart famously said about pornography, "I know it when I see it", in many ...
Yeah, I Name My Breasts. What?

Yeah, I Name My Breasts. What?

When I was 13, my breasts popped up overnight, with the surprising jolt of a jack-in-the-box or dual airbags.   They were greeted with a heady mixture of fear, pride and confusion. The insane disappointment didn't come until maybe a year later. For the time being, I didn't think they ...
Dame On!

Dame On!

So, why a website about dames? What are dames, who are dames, and why should you give a dame? First of all, this is not about dames with a capital D like Dame Judy Dench or Dame Helen Mirren, though they are certainly dames. This is dame in its slang sense, a woman who uses her assets – ...
Turns Out I’m STILL Not a French Woman!

Turns Out I’m STILL Not a French Woman!

I'm surprised, and sort of outraged, that I'm still not a French woman. True, I don't smoke, but I only shave my underarms sporadically so that should even things out. In fact, when my corpse is found I'm sure my underarms, and undergarments, and my closet crammed  with Isabel Marant ...
Flea-Smitten

Flea-Smitten

The thing about hearts that love a lot, they just keep breaking. And this time it’s the ease and energy with which I love a lot of stuff a lot – weird, wonderful stuff – that’s doing me in. The last vestige of the big weekend Manhattan Flea Market, known as ‘The Garage", is closing this ...
Girl Crush on Girl Reporter (Wish MY Name Were “Torchy Blane”)

Girl Crush on Girl Reporter (Wish MY Name Were “Torchy Blane”)

The 1940s and Depression-era girl reporter embodies everything I could ever want to be. The very quintessence of dame-ness, she’s smart, savvy, confident, independent, and quick with the comeback. (She also looks pretty steppy in her fitted suit.) As adept at a snappy line as she is with a ...
I’m So Pathetically Not French

I’m So Pathetically Not French

When I was a girl I loved to get those little booklets they sold by the cash register at the supermarket. I’d read and re-read all the “1,000 Baby Names” books. Even now, decades later, I know dozens of useful facts like Ellen means light, Thurston (as in Howell) means Thor’s stone, and that ...

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