ACTUALLY Anne Bonny purposely wore loose fitting clothes and displayed her breasts openly at all times during battle - mainly because men were distracted by them, and she took pleasure in killing said men while they were too busy staring at her breasts. Mary Read dressed mainly as a man (after posing as her deceased brother, Mark, for the entirety of her childhood) and both ladies cross-dressed from time to time, hopping between ships. They were known as the ‘fierce hell cats’ due to their ferocious tempers, and were key elements to Captain ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham’s crew - they were the only two known female pirates in the Golden Age of Caribbean piracy. IN FACT, when the ship was captured by the British Navy, Anne and Mary were the ONLY TWO pirates who fought while the males of the crew hid - they were all tried to be hung as pirates but Bonny and Read were both pregnant and were pardoned.
Calico Jack was a lover to Bonny, and as he was to be hung, Bonny’s final words to him were, “Had you fought like a man, you need not be hung like a dog.” Bonny and Read were possibly two of the most badass fucking pirates and they were FEMALE. The more you know.
Anne Bonny was also the daughter of a plantation owner. Her father disinherited her in 1715, so she burned down his plantation and fled to the Bahamas. Mary Read’s merchant ship was taken by pirates, so she continued to pass as a man and became a pirate. She met Anne and her lover, Calico Jack Rackham, and took up with them.
… a jealous and suspicious Calico Jack believed his rival for Bonny’s attentions to be a male; he burst in upon the two and found the indisputably female Read sprawled naked on Bonny’s bed. That ended the mystery—and apparently marked the beginning of an open relationship between the two women that no one in their circle dared challenge. Bonny and read conducted a spirited career of thievery and plunder on the high seas that ended, not surprisingly, in their capture and conviction in 1720.
From The Book of Women: 300 Notable Women History Passed By, by Lynne Griffin and Kelly McCann (1992), p.44-45.