By Lois Kerschen
Proverbs supposedly comprise the knowledge of the typical folk?€”eternal truths to be handed down during the a while. they're brief, usually funny, expressions that educate classes or supply sensible suggestion, and they're probably the simplest signs of attitudes and ideology of any kind of folklore. not just reflecting tradition, proverbs additionally perpetuate the cultural dictates of the prior, together with the fears, prejudices, and misconceptions in their predominately male authors. simply because they're generalizations, proverbs occasionally bog down actual remark and research and stifle unique notion. Like many different traditions and cultural practices, proverbs usually advertise deceptive stereotypes of girls. This reference ebook collects greater than 800 American proverbs approximately girls and analyzes their significance.The quantity starts off with introductory chapters that discover the connection among proverbs and tradition and identical to girls offered in proverbs. The chapters that stick with are dedicated to specific different types, resembling better halves and 6~rriage, moms and daughters, ladies as estate, and previous girls and grandmothers. each one bankruptcy features a short introductory review and an inventory of proverbs in terms of the subject. The proverbs have been accrued via an intensive evaluation of magazine articles, proverb dictionaries, and different literature. as well as real proverbs, the quantity comprises a few words, sayings, and proverbial comparisons. no longer incorporated are expressions that include phrases like mom or daughter yet don't fairly describe ladies or remark approximately them. The ebook then offers a concluding research of the way American proverbs painting ladies, an alphabetical index of proverbs, and an intensive bibliography.
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Stupidity in a woman is unfeminine. There are two kinds of women: those who take what you are and those who take what you have. (New Jersey, North Carolina) There is no mischief but a woman is at the heart of it. Variation: There is no mischief done, but a woman is one. Variation: There is no mischief in the world done, but a woman is always one. (1866) [See also: There's hardly a strife . . under Law] Thou lovest thine own will; but as for that matter show me the woman that does not. (Pacific Northwest) Thrift is to a man what chastity is to a woman.
Illinois, Kansas) Variation: You can take a girl off a farm, but you can't take the farm out of a girl. You can't live with them (women/men) and you can't live without them. (Washington) You get a woman mad and her blood good and hot, better let her blood cool for she'll sho' hurt you. (South Carolina) You mustn't rush a lady. (Ohio) This page intentionally left blank 3 A WOMAN'S LOOKS Ugly, homely, painted or plain, pretty in figure or dress—did it matter more to the beauty or her beholder? It is hard to tell from the proverbs on the subject.
Proverbs describe the woman as "pale and spoony" with a heart as soft as cushions. " It is contradictory to talk about women being conniving and getting their way and then describe them as weak and soft. The explanation of this contradiction might be that men want women to be weak so they can be dominated, thus they complain when women show any strength. " These latter proverbs indicate an attitude that all women have the same value no matter what their clothes or manners or virtue because their only real purpose is for sex.
American Proverbs About Women: A Reference Guide by Lois Kerschen