In my junior year of high school, the other five girls in AP U.S. History and I went through our textbook to decide who the hottest guys in American history were.
Apparently unaware that this picture existed and blissfully ignorant about his stance on slavery, we chose John C. Calhoun based on the strength of this picture. There was also a photo of a guy in Vietnam slogging through a swamp with a gun who was rather attractive but we didn’t know his name, which took him out of the running.
I had forgotten about this pre-feminism, pre-grad school incident until Jezebel, feminist gossip website extraordinaire, announced the launching or existence of a blog called “Bangable Dudes in History.”
The site lists hot men from history and the reasons why they are so attractive. Dmitri Shostakovich, for example, escaped the siege of Leningrad and wrote a funeral march for the victims of the Bolshevik murders.
The site is obviously a tongue-in-check, as evidenced by its title and probably isn’t appropriate for those easily offended, but I think it’s amazing in its own way.