Mary Magdalene, a repentant prostitute, washes Christ's feet.
Empress Messalina of Rome moonlights at a local brothel. (45AD)
A prostitute named Theodora marries Emperor Justinian (c. 500) and transforms palace life.
Lady Godiva's famous bareback ride (c. 1057)
Deposed queen Johanna I of Naples opens the Middle Ages' most fabulous whorehouse (1347)
Geoffrey Chaucer introduces English literature's first skanky chick, the Wife of Bath, who boasts, "Myn housbonde shal it have bothe eve and morwe" (1390)
King Henry VIII defies the Pope to wed Ann Boleyn, his wife's handmaid(1533)
English poet Robert Herrick pens Delight in Disorder"A sweet disorder in the dress/Kindles in clothes a wantoness." (1648)
Shakespeare writes The Taming of The Shrew.
62-year-old Catherine the Great takes her last lover. He is 21. (1789)
A French prostitute named Rachel inspires Vincent Van Gogh to cut off his ear. (1888)
Skanky chicks celebrated in the art of Aubrey Beardsley.
Turn of the Century
Skanky chicks celebrated in the novels of W. Somerset Maugham.
Skanky chicks celebrated in the novels of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
"Spicy" pulp magazines.
Russ Meyer Girls.
Pamela Des Barres.
Wendy O. Williams.
Riot Grrrls, Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, P.J. Harvey.
Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Martha Plimpton, Ellen Barkin, Patricia Arquette, Lori Petty.
Traci Lords, Joanna Lumley, green aliens from Star Trek.
Kate Moss, Jenny Shimoza, The CK kiddie-porn group.
Camille Paglia, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Katie Roiphe, Anka.
Tank Girl, Betty Boop, Bitchy Bitch, "Hate" girls; R. Crumb girls, "Love and Rockets" girls.
Liz Phair, Alanis Morrisette, Liv Tyler, Sofia Coppola.