While searching for a properly patriotic July HOM, I came across Emma Goldman, shown here in a 1878 mug shot. Sure, she isn’t attempting to lure men (and, if rumors are to be believed, members of her own sex!!) by showing a sneaky peek at her shapely leg or upper arm. But believe you me, with her illicit past as an anarchist, staunch supporter of women’s rights and social issues, dispenser of birth control, outspoken critic of marriage, and potential assassin of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, she’s every bit of a hussy as they come.
Ms. Goldman was also a proponent of “free love,” a philosophy that we all know leads to immoral and disgusting acts of amorousness.
You may ask why Ms. Goldman was chosen as July’s HOM, a month set aside to celebrate all things American. Simply put, Emma Goldman stood for some of America’s favorite things: sex, violence, and progress.