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Sayyida al-Hurra, the Beloved, Avenging Islamic Pirate Queen

The phrase "Muslim woman" evokes a wide variety of images today, many of them dangerously prejudicial; one image that's not conjured up nearly often enough is that of an independent and beautiful woman who had the King of Morocco in the palm of her hand—and also controlled much of the western Mediterranean Sea with… » 3/03/15 12:00pm 3/03/15 12:00pm

Cheng I Sao, the Vicious Pirate Who Banned Rape in Her 50,000-Man Fleet

You're on the sun-soaked deck of a ship, wind in your hair, salty air in your lungs, the ocean before you, a crew and all their movements yours to command. This freedom is what we love about pirate stories, more so than the rum and the treasure and the sea shanties: the type of freedom that frees you from traditional… » 12/09/14 2:10pm 12/09/14 2:10pm

Fantasy Author Scott Lynch Owns Critic Who Whines About the Female…

Making quibbles about the historical accuracy of a fantasy pirate book about seems about as valuable a use of one's time as getting into a heated YouTube comments section argument with a user named SouthIsRizing about whether or listening to "Dixie" is racist (also, what are you doing listening to "Dixie" on… » 12/09/12 1:00pm 12/09/12 1:00pm

Arggh, Matey: Should Pirates Walk The Pop-Culture Plank?

Look, mateys. I love pirates. We all love pirates. So much so that the Pirate Mania that's been kicking around this country for the past 5 or so years is starting to get pretty damn tired. Yes, we all love Captain Jack Sparrow, but as Halloween rolls around once more, the abundance of Faux Jacks running around our… » 10/25/08 3:30pm 10/25/08 3:30pm

Tim Gunn Makes Conflict-Of-Interest Case Work

  • Tim Gunn is taking some conflict-of-interest heat regarding a recent column he wrote OK! magazine. (Tim writes for OK!? How declasse!) When advising a reader about what jeans are best to fit most bodies, he steered the reader towards Liz Claiborne and Lucky Brand. Funny thing is, Gunn just happens to be the Chief…
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