It would be interesting to know what her reputation is in Europe currently. When I was in college, in the US, a very long time ago, she was held up as a shining example of a strong women who defied her contemporaries to create her own life. I had any number of college girlfriends who idolized her. If she wasn't really scandalous, my college girlfriends were wasting their energy ;)
The project objective is:
"Let's celebrate women of scandal: mischievous, anarchistic, colorful, noisy women of immense moral courage."
It's one of my favorite projects! Whenever I find the profile of a woman doing something considered outrageous, I want to add her to the project.
Men are so boring (at times) by comparison. :)
and forl the Americans not able to read French, luckily WikiPedia gives translations too for this very European Emancipation Wars of Women Democracy [mind you: NOT -craZy....] :
To further expand my names:
Erica is my first name, for the character "Erica" in Thomas Mann's novel "Buddenbrooks."
Isabel is my middle name, for the character "Isabel Archer" in Henry James' novel "Portrait of a Lady.". I rarely use my middle name in "real life" but I have a cousin who was called Erica Howton before she married and changed her name.
"The Happy Hooker" was a "memoir" by a woman of Dutch origin named "Xaviera Hollander" who worked professionally as a prostitute. So while that may qualify her as a "scandalous woman" - the "memoir" (verassitude has been questioned), this project is not about prostitution (or to be more politically correct, a worker in the sex trades). It is about women who were scandalous in their time and in their own way.
I love the books of Isabel ALLENDE and read them mosty all and from start to finish...
...thanks to ORGANON in Oss-North-Brabant-the Netherlands every woman can choose her own partner and is no longer dependant of the papa's to choose them a bride. For in the laboratories of this world-wide-Dutch-origin multi-national they made the first preparations of stereoids [from PIGS, mind you!] wtth the power to change your hormonal intenal menagerie to get a partner of your own habits... But unfortanely nowadays so many woman use this prediction that even in our drinking-water coming through the robinets in our kitchens the sexe-influx is not clear as water from a spring....
but like Isabel A. also the son of Lady Sackville-West was to my opinion a good writer, for the way he biographed his mother's life is really informative about the way women at that time tried to stay decend and living their style of sexe too, like f.i. Virginia WOOLF was also doing with great elegance, but also with lot of people narrating about her as a scandalous women... I do not agree, here in the Netherlands lots of women with a tast of their own are able to marry to ones they really love in live.
I believe you are not giving credit for "time and place" -jMu-, and indeed Vita Sackville-West is greatly to be admired for many reasons, her "scandalous" nature not the least. I am sure Vita's son is well aware of her reputation (and most concerned with her literary legacy, perhaps). I also have difficulty imagining that her profile being is a genealogical project honoring scandalous women would be least upsetting. Particularly if it stimulates book sales.
and for geni-users interested in European emancipation aspects of the generation of our mothers & fathers:
tot schrijfs en thanks for all contributions to this debate, -jMu-