By Lois Kerschen

Proverbs supposedly comprise the knowledge of the typical folk?€”eternal truths to be handed down during the a long time. they're brief, frequently funny, expressions that train classes or provide useful suggestion, and they're might be the easiest 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 hamper exact commentary and research and stifle unique idea. Like many different traditions and cultural practices, proverbs frequently 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 clone of girls provided in proverbs. The chapters that stick to are dedicated to specific different types, akin to other halves and 6~rriage, moms and daughters, girls as estate, and previous girls and grandmothers. every one bankruptcy encompasses a short introductory evaluation and a list of proverbs in terms of the subject. The proverbs have been accrued via an intensive assessment of magazine articles, proverb dictionaries, and different literature. as well as actual proverbs, the amount comprises a few words, sayings, and proverbial comparisons. no longer incorporated are expressions that comprise phrases like mom or daughter yet don't fairly describe ladies or remark approximately them. The ebook then provides a concluding research of the way American proverbs painting girls, an alphabetical index of proverbs, and an in depth bibliography.

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208-9. This page intentionally left blank 2 A WOMAN'S NATURE Remarks about the behavior of women and relationships with them, that is, what is in their nature and what one can expect from them, are very common among American proverbs about women. There is a diversity of comments ranging from tribute to tirade (Nature meant woman to be her masterpiece; Women are the root of all evil), yet the negative and sarcastic dominate. Women, it appears, aren't worth much (A man of straw is worth a woman of gold; All women are good; good for something or good for nothing) unless they are prime goods on the market (A simple maiden in her flower is worth a hundred coats-of-arms [referring to virginity]).

1732; Illinois, New York, Vermont) The smiles of the pretty woman are the tears of the purse. Variation: When a handsome woman laughs you may be sure her purse weeps. (Italian) Tell a woman she's a beauty and the devil will tell her it ten times. (1732; Italian, Spanish; Illinois) Variation: Once tell a woman she's a beauty and the devil will tell her so ten times. That woman is young that does not look a day older than she says she is. ] AMERICAN PROVERBS ABOUT WOMEN 50 There never was a mirror that told a woman she was ugly.

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.

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