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Female Freaks: Sex, Science & Sideshow, An Illustrated Lecture with Writer and Sideshow Performer Ilise Carter
Morbid Anatomy Muesum
Brooklyn, NY
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Female Freaks: Sex, Science & Sideshow, An Illustrated Lecture with Writer and Sideshow Performer Ilise Carter
Date: Thursday, July 21st
Time: 7pm
Admission: $8
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215

The display of the female body has long been a source of both fascination and controversy, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the exhibition of radically different bodies. In Female Freaks: Sex, Science & Sideshow, performer and writer Ilise "The Lady Aye" Carter examines what is to be a natural-born or self-made freak in a female body. Ranging from famous and infamous examples such as Sara Baartman, the "Hottentot Venus" in the eighteenth century to Betty Broadbent, the tattooed lady, in the twentieth, this talk will examine how, why and where the commercial showing of women's bodies becomes a vessel for the fears, fascinations and fetishes of different historical eras.

As an award-winning writer, Ilise S. Carter's work has appeared in the New York Times, the AV Club, Playboy, Bust and other outlets. As the Lady Aye, she is one of fewer than three dozen living female sword swallowers, who's worked with everyone from Cirque de Soleil to Rob Zombie and been called one of "the masters of modern sideshow," by Sideshow World.

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Morbid Anatomy Muesum (View)
424 A Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States




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