30 episodes

Re-enactors from the Knowne World Courtesans research and discuss the history of sex workers before 1600 CE in a series of digital salons. We welcome guests from all over the world and explore topics of sexuality, gender, marginalized identities, power dynamics, illicit economies, beauty ideals, cultural conceptions of love, and the constant impact of sex workers and sex work on the history of the world. Learn more about the Knowne World Courtesans @ knowneworldcourtesans.org & support modern sex workers @ www.redumbrellafund.org.

Whores to Culture Knowne World Courtesans

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    • 5.0, 19 Ratings

Re-enactors from the Knowne World Courtesans research and discuss the history of sex workers before 1600 CE in a series of digital salons. We welcome guests from all over the world and explore topics of sexuality, gender, marginalized identities, power dynamics, illicit economies, beauty ideals, cultural conceptions of love, and the constant impact of sex workers and sex work on the history of the world. Learn more about the Knowne World Courtesans @ knowneworldcourtesans.org & support modern sex workers @ www.redumbrellafund.org.

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    • 5 min
    The Big Ol’ Boob Episode

    The Big Ol’ Boob Episode

    An episode several months in the making, Justina and I hope you enjoy this laughter filled conversation on the influence of the breast on European history, culture, fashion, and even- architecture? You're have to listen to find out how, and to learn about how embracing her courtesan persona has helped Signora Justina gain control over the way she is sexually objectified by others. Quite a paradox!



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    • 2 hr 5 min
    Sex Workers: Professions in D&D

    Sex Workers: Professions in D&D

    Some fun "geek crossover" with another favorite role-playing game of many SCAdians: Dungeons and Dragons. My guest today, along with tons of other historical reenactors got started with this classic table top game. I have Lord Rurik Ulfhammer of House Stormborn over to discuss playing a sex worker in the fantasy world of D&D. Among other intriguing things...This discussion, like Lord Rurik's beard, is not to be missed.



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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Fearless Flirting 101 Pt 2/2

    Fearless Flirting 101 Pt 2/2

    In this episode I finish up my walk through a handout by Baronessa Ginevra Fiammetta di Silvestri. I start off part two with ideas on how to alter your speech patterns to indicate your persona choices and create a more historical atmosphere. We move on to discussing the power of conversation to gracefully influence people, and when to draw the line to enforce your own boundaries. We cover some strategies for navigating tricky situations, and what types of things are likely to come. Manipulation, saying "no", and handling tense interactions all get covered. I explain whorephobia, how it intersects with other forms of bias, and why we should all be working to end it. I wrap up by discussing party safety in SCA settings where alcohol is involved.



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    • 59 min
    Fearless Flirting 101 Pt 1/2

    Fearless Flirting 101 Pt 1/2

    We walk through a handout made for the group by Baronessa Ginevra Fiammetta di Silvestri in this episode. In part one I give an introduction to the concept of courtesan's in the SCA and give you advice for getting started building your sex worker persona. I discuss getting into persona (or into character if you prefer) and how to stay there. I give suggestions for fictional characters that are excellent #courtesaninspiration. I go over inviting body language and posture, giving great advice for sprucing up your bows and curtsies. I finish up part one with a discussion of terms of address in the SCA and how to know which ones to use for whom.



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    • 58 min
    Courtesan Households in the SCA

    Courtesan Households in the SCA

    We talk about the House of the Lotus, SCA households in general, why they exist, and why we join them. Also check in on projects, upcoming performances, and the very first of 2019's Pennsic fun in the works.



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    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Bjartur108 ,

Non-SCA fan

I didn’t know about the SCA before listening to this podcast. I just subscribed to learn about the history of sex workers. But it’s very interesting to hear about different historical periods from such a passionate group of people and it has made me curious about the SCA.

dianedonald ,

A much-needed breath of fresh air!

Thank you for bringing a much needed breath of fresh air to the SCA discourse. I am excited to watch more tech-savvy people of my generation using the internet to gain a voice and draw attention to the rather antiquated (ha) views of many SCAdians. This podcast is funny, smart, thoughtful, and highly educational. Don't let the poor sound quality and low volume of the first few episodes deter you, this one is worth your time! - Lady Ursula de Strattone, Artemisia

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