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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Louise Aston

Revolutionary Louise Aston shocked Berlin in 1848 by wearing pants, smoking cigars, and practicing “free love” (choosing her sexual partners as she saw fit). Declared a “public danger,” she was chased out of city after city, while publishing radical newspapers, participating in political activism, and even fighting on the barricades side-by-side with other young radicals who were seeking to overthrow the government. They ultimately failed in their attempt and Aston was forced into exile, but she was an in-your-face woman, just the same.

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