American Proverbs About Women: A Reference Guide by Lois Kerschen

By Lois Kerschen

Proverbs supposedly include the knowledge of the typical folk?€”eternal truths to be handed down throughout the a while. they're brief, frequently funny, expressions that train classes or provide useful recommendation, 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 previous, together with the fears, prejudices, and misconceptions in their predominately male authors. simply because they're generalizations, proverbs occasionally bog down exact statement and research and stifle unique concept. Like many different traditions and cultural practices, proverbs frequently advertise deceptive stereotypes of ladies. This reference ebook collects greater than 800 American proverbs approximately girls and analyzes their significance.The quantity starts with introductory chapters that discover the connection among proverbs and tradition and just like ladies awarded 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. every one bankruptcy contains a short introductory evaluation and a list of proverbs in terms of the subject. The proverbs have been accrued via an in depth evaluation of magazine articles, proverb dictionaries, and different literature. as well as real proverbs, the quantity contains a few words, sayings, and proverbial comparisons. now not incorporated are expressions that include phrases like mom or daughter yet don't fairly describe ladies or remark approximately them. The publication 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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1700) A woman knows a bit more than Satan. (1559; Illinois) Woman learns how to hate when she has lost the ability to charm. A Woman's Nature 41 A woman listens to a play with her mind and judges it with her senses. (Pacific Northwest) Woman must have her way. (1774) Variation: A woman will always have her way. Variation: Woman will have both her word and her way. (Illinois, New York) Variation: Man has his will, but woman has her way. Variation: A woman has her way. A woman's friendship is, as a rule, the legacy of love or the alms of indifference.

This obsession with age is just another way of saying that a woman's worth is dependent on how she looks: Old and wrinkled is not desirable, as evidenced by the number of older men who abandon their wives for younger women, yet the reverse seldom happens. So, the men seem to put a premium on a woman's beauty, but, naturally, they claim it is the women who have a problem and that problem is vanity. "Vanity thy name is woman," is probably the most well-known proverb of several on the subject. Beauty and vanity have been so intermingled in common perception that until recent times women were required by many denominations to wear a hat or other head-covering to church because "A woman's hair is her crowning glory," and she should be too modest to show it off in church where God's glory should shine most prominently.

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.

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