Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I was looking at this picture of the diplomat Chevalier d’Eon - one of the older portraits of a cross-dresser. Originally thought to be that of a woman, a little conserving and cleaning of the picture revealed some obvious stubble on this woman’s face. Chevalier d’Eon was a fascinating man/woman. She lived openly as a woman in London society and was hailed as a feminist ideal by Mary Wollstonecraft. Chevalier d’Eon also famously gave fencing demonstrations while in skirts.
Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, fold origami, send ping pong balls into space, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.