Southern women in the United States define Jezebel: 2 everything negative; wicked; scheming; whore; cheap harlot; either promiscuous or a complete whore; female form of gigolo; the name has seductive connotations; biblical queen; wife of Ahab; gave her husband bad advice; evil and treacherous; two-faced; one who seduces men and leads them to destruction; a woman who gets around; not ashamed; bimbo; I didn’t know what it meant until my roommate called me this; someone who is wild, free, and comfortable with her sexuality; uninhibited, some might say slutty; a beautiful name; a southern belle with a mind and will and sex drive who is damned for not fitting the stereotype of a helpless, frigid woman; Scarlett O’Hara; Bette Davis in the red hoop dress in the 1938 film; condescending term used for African American women in the time of slavery; Gene loves Jezebel; you’re a jezebel = flirty girl, light, flighty, aloof or dirty slut; free spirit, happy, cute, very feminine; always a lady (but not always nice); slinky; powerful; ambitious; calculating; ruthless; eaten by dogs; taking pleasure from material things; self-centered; decorated woman; painted face; Cosmo clothes; sensual; she has been given a “bad rep” by many scholars and people; she is famous for her badness; vamp, vampire, temptress, femme fatale, siren, witch—a woman who takes or ruins the life of another.
The body of the dead and defeated Jezebel in 2 Kings 9 and Apocalypse of John 2 returns in multiple texts as the classic femme fatale. Jezebel is the vamp/ire who roams the texts of culture and gender relations. The point in this chapter is not to reconstruct or re-form the biblical image of Jezebel, but to trace the trace of “jezebel” through various texts from the biblical period to the
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Publication information: Book title: Apocalyptic Bodies:The Biblical End of the World in Text and Image. Contributors: Tina Pippin - Author. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 32.
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