Mata Hari: Femme Fatales
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Mata Hari was an erotic dancer who, in 1917, was executed by the French army for treason. She has been portrayed as the ultimate femme fatale, extracting information from hapless men through exploiting her sensual charms.
She was white, beautiful, and heterosexual, yet had to be punished for transgressing the boundaries of femininity.
Similar to many Evil Women, she was believed to be deceitful, rapacious, immoral, and controlling. She was lustful and, like a black widow spider, a threat to men everywhere.
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