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 12:00pm3/03/15 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 2:10pm12/09/14 2:10pm

Fantasy Author Scott Lynch Owns Critic Who Whines About the Female Pirate Captain in Lynch’s New Book

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 1:00pm12/09/12 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 3:30pm10/25/08 3:30pm