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>female trouble or female pathology

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How do you know if you’re bad in a run-of-the-mill way, of if you’re bad in like a Divine way? Also, I should keep my beard grown out so no one mistakes me for a lesbian. It happens.

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Written by alexgfrank

November 13, 2008 at 5:06 pm

>aretha as a castrati

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>Below is a picture of Senesino, a very famous, castrated soprano and an associate of Handel. I didn’t know much about castrato before about a week ago, and then I came across the only known recording of a castrato singing opera, which I’ve posted below. I didn’t know they were such celebrated figures in operatic music, in their day, and it made my mind, and my ear, go straight for the Modern Diva.

The web-site essortment.com had this to say about the history of the castrati:

Many of the castrati’s well-documented personality disorders were a direct result of their disfigurement, as well as their inability to lead normal sex lives. They were neither man nor woman, but something in between. On one hand they were much admired for their singing, but on the other they were taunted unmercifully about their condition.

Castrati tended to be fat, volatile, conceited, and almost impossible to get along with. Composer George Frederick Handel’s notorious shouting matches with his castrato Senesino, for instance, were well-known throughout England.

On the other hand, especially when it suited their purposes, a castrato could be entirely charming. Sometimes they were so respected and adored that they were able to gain great political influence. Farinelli, for instance, soothed the king of Spain with the same four songs every night. This gave the castrato a decided advantage for the king’s attention and literally made him a power behind the throne.

Sound familiar?

http://media.imeem.com/m/4lD_de-A1d/aus=false/

Written by alexgfrank

May 5, 2008 at 1:37 am

>who has ever looked better than this?

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April 10, 2008 at 3:12 am

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>looks good to me

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April 7, 2008 at 6:47 pm