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She ruled over all of Russia for more than three decades, expanding its borders and making it one of the most powerful players in global politics. But that power is what made Catherine the Great the victim of notorious misogynistic myths ever since. Nymphomania, bestiality, voyeurism, even a love of erotic furniture—there were few themes of sexual deviance that were not invented about the Empress of Russia. These are hardly the sort of s one might expect from a raging sex maniac.
Her arranged marriage with her husband, the future Czar Peter IIIwas a mismatch from the beginning. Bynine years into her marriage, Catherine had already found an alternative lover, Sergei Saltykov. She would never marry again, instead taking lovers whom she promoted to key positions in the Russian government.
A key player in the coup was Grigory Orlov with whom she would have a son while she was still married. Of this change in partners, Catherine wrote to a friend: "Why do you reproach me because I dismiss a well-meaning but extremely boring bourgeois in favor of one of the greatest, the most comical and amusing, characters of this iron century? Over the next 20 years, Catherine would have a further seven romantic relationships.
Although these were usually with much younger men, there is little to suggest any kind of voracious sexual appetite. So where do the legends about Catherine come from? It must be understood that all women who have wielded political power have been subjected to accusations of sexual deviance or voracity. Cleopatra was said to have offered men a night of lovemaking with her at the cost of their lives. Anne Boleyn was falsely accused of affairs with five different men, including incest with her brother.
Catherine de Medici was portrayed as the devious madame of a harem of seductive ladies-in-waiting whom she ordered to seduce noblemen, and was accused of securing prostitutes for her young sons. These women, who did not conform to the reductive vision of second-class submissive wife to a more powerful man, suffered repeated slander always based in invented accusations of sexual insatiability. At each point, these stories originate in the minds of their greatest enemies.
Revolutionary presses happily poured out the same kind of polemical prose Women want sex Catarina depicted Catherine as prey to her voracious sexual appetite. British presses did the same with obscene political cartoons. These depictions included the most notorious myth of all: it was claimed that, during an orgy of bestiality, Catherine died when the harness that was suspending a stallion above her broke, causing her to be crushed by the horse.
In reality she died from a stroke. The use of horse-riding as a sexual metaphor had a long history in libelous attacks on courtly women. In case one doubts the misogyny at the heart of the negative legends about her, one need only consult the thoughts of her powerful contemporaries.
As a woman who exercised more power than almost any other male contemporary, Catherine would suffer the worst kinds of misogynistic invention of sexual depravity. Twice a week we compile our most fascinating features and deliver them straight to you. Live TV. This Day In History. History Vault. Recommended for you. Maginot Line.Women want sex Catarina
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