By Virginie Despentes

Baise-Moi is likely one of the so much arguable French novels of contemporary years, a punk fable that takes woman rage to its outer limits. Now the foundation for successful underground movie which was once banned in France, Baise-Moi is a searing tale of 2 ladies on a rampage that's half Thelma and Louise, half Viking conquest. Manu and Nadine have had all they could take. Manu has been brutally raped, and determines it's no longer worthy leaving whatever priceless mendacity susceptible -- together with her very self. She groups up with Nadine, a nihilist who watches pornography ceaselessly, and so they enact their very own model of les vols et les viols (rape and pillage) -- they trap males sexually, use them up, then rob and kill them. Drawing from the spiky cadences of the intercourse Pistols and the murderous eroticism of Georges Bataille or Dennis Cooper, Baise-Moi is a surprising, entire, and actually unforgettable novel.

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23 These agendas and models resulted, admittedly, in shallow or cartoon depictions of these rulers, but it is this very sort of characterization that underlines the fact that the emperor was expected to set an example of ideal virtus~ glorified if he did so and denounced if he did not. The anonymous author of the Historia Augusta (Imperial History) readily admitted this didactic purpose to his biographies. 24 The Historia Augusta is a curious work, and its importance as a source in this study malces it worth a brief pause here to describe it.

Found any eunuch with whom I could compare him. There were some in old times who were loyal and honest, though very few, but their characters were spotted in other ways. Mixed with the acquired or natural good qualities which any of them possessed was rapacity, or contemptibly brutal manners, or a propensity to inflict harm, or excessive obsequiousness to the great, or the haughtiness which arises from the possession of power. 69 EUnuchs were unmanly both in a moral and anatomical sense. A physiognomic text assured its readers that eunuchs were always eager for evil deeds.

A physiognomic text assured its readers that eunuchs were always eager for evil deeds. ected and contributed to the social role they played in later Roman society. They could associate with women and participate in feminine activities even in the most intimate of domestic surroundings, but they also traveled freely among men and in public and held offices and wielded authority reserved to men. Ostracized from true membership in, both masculine and feminine genders, they were, nonetheless, somewhat tolerated in both male and female environ- 36 CHAPTER ONE ments.

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