Another Facinating Woman
At first Glance this woman probably does not appear to belong to women's month club crap we are hearing about. I personally think this is a bogus femnazi hi-jacked month. The women that led the way are nearly forgotten now. Yea I hear ya yakin about Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. In my mind they had a little help along the way.
I mean hell this woman didn't march with King. She was't a politician screaming at others and us. But if you delve into her bio you might just find some facinating surprises. She was a woman a hundred years ahead of her time........
Mae WestMae West (August 17, 1893 Â November 22, 1980) was an American actress, playwright, and sex symbol. She was born Mary Jane West in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Irish American John Patrick West (1865-1935) and German Jewish immigrant Matilda ("Tillie") Delker-Doelger (1870-1930). Her sister and brother were Mildred "Beverly" West (1898-1982) and John Edwin West (1900-1964). The family was Protestant despite West's Irish Catholic paternal grandmother and her mother's Bavarian-Jewish roots, as well as some other distant relations who were Roman Catholics, including the woman who helped deliver her, and whose disapproval of West's career Mae was made well aware. Her father was a livery stable owner and prizefighter known as "Battlin' Jack West", who later worked in real estate on Long Island, New York, and her mother was a former corset and fashion model. Mae began performing in vaudeville at the age of five. By the time she was twelve she was doing burlesque under the name "The Baby Vamp." Though she had not yet grown into her generous curves, the slinky, dark-haired Mae was already raising eyebrows with a lascivious "shimmy" dance. Eventually, she began writing her own risquÃ© plays using the pen name "Jane Mast". Her first starring role on Broadway was in a play she titled Sex, which was written, produced and directed by West. Though critics hated the show, ticket sales were good. The notorious production did not go over well with the Irish-American Catholic city officials, however. The theater was raided and West was arrested along with everyone else in the cast.
She was prosecuted on morals charges and, on April 19, 1927, was sentenced to ten days in jail for public obscenity. While incarcerated on Welfare Island, she was allowed to wear her silk panties instead of the scratchy prison issue. She served eight days, with two days off for good behavior. West regarded talking about sex as a basic human rights issue. She was also an early advocate of gay rights, pleading against police brutality against homosexuals by saying: "A homosexual is a woman's soul in a man's body. You're hitting a woman."