‘I’m always falling in love with fabulous women’: Sandi Toksvig’s forgotten heroines

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‘I’m always falling in love with fabulous women’: Sandi Toksvig’s forgotten heroines

From Madame Ching, a 19th-century pirate who ruled the South China Sea, to Anna Hedgeman, who helped to organise 1963’s Great March on Washington, it’s time to celebrate these often-overlooked yet awesome characters

My desk is littered with dead women, which makes me sound like the world’s untidiest serial killer. Let me start again. I collect women. OK, that may be worse – it makes them sound like ceramic thimbles. Let’s see … I read a lot – mostly history – and every time I find a fabulous woman from the past whose story was hitherto unknown to me, I gather her up to keep in scribbled notes. I do this selflessly, because the risk to my health is enormous.

In 1791, the German theologian Karl Gottfried Bauer wrote: The lack of all physical movement while reading, combined with the forcible alternation of imagination and emotion [leads to] slackness, mucous congestion, flatulence and constipation of the inner organs, which, as is well known, particularly in the female sex, actually affects the sexual parts.”

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Source : https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/nov/13/im-always-falling-in-love-with-fabulous-women-sandi-toksvigs-forgotten-heroines