Marie Antoinette and the Politics of Gender

From her ascension to the French court in 1770 to her execution in 1793, Marie Antoinette was the subject of increasing hostility from the French people. Today, she occupies a fascinating place in popular memory, with some scholars going so far as to describe her as a “cult object”.

Dark Ages

Splotchy crimson bulb, throbbing next to my collarbone. In the mirror, it looked like a volcano from space. I drew a shaking finger to nudge it, but, in a moment of clarity, smacked the skin and it disappeared.