Sex and death have always been a highly marketable combination, so it's no surprise that stories about so-called “jihadi brides” are attracting such strong media interest. Some flimsily sourced stories suggest that at least a few of the women are jihad sluts rather than brides, undertaking a series of temporary marriages in order to service multiple warriors. Young femme fatales defying their parents and government authorities by running away to offer themselves as wives and housekeepers in the service of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) -- their black niqabs provide the perfect screen upon which to project our fantasies of the beautiful bad girl.