Aileen Wuornos

Infamous misandrist and queer icon Aileen Wuornos killed seven men while working as a hitch hiking sex worker in Florida.

To say that her life was defined by hardship would be an understatement. She started exchanging sex for resources at 11, and was kicked out of her family house at 15. At 35, after killing a number of johns — one of whom a convicted rapist Wuornos shot in self-defense — she was betrayed by her lover who collaborated with the cops in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Her trial was heavily covered by the media, who feasted on her case because of what they perceived as Wuornos’ titillating identity as both a queer sex worker and a survivor of sexual assault. Her last words one camera were: “Thanks a lot, society, for railroading my ass.”

After spending years on death row, she was executed at the age of 56.

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