These lurid 18th century tell-alls were a valuable weapon for women of ill-repute.
"Some might call it prostitution. I call it a 'mutually beneficial arrangement' that pays for my killer wardrobe." We just call it bizarre: a college student justifies her life as a professional mistress on The Daily Beast. Her verdict? Beats waitressing!
It seems like our fascination with the idea of "the courtesan" never gets old. The 39th-annual Rencontres d'Arles, France's most famous photography festival, features an exhibit on"Les Insoumises," the most important courtesans of the 19th century. The show, curated by designer Christian Lacroix, contains 30 calling…