By Lois Kerschen
Proverbs supposedly include the knowledge of the typical folk?€”eternal truths to be handed down in the course of the a while. they're brief, usually funny, expressions that educate classes or supply functional suggestion, and they're might be 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 exact remark and research and stifle unique proposal. Like many different traditions and cultural practices, proverbs usually advertise deceptive stereotypes of girls. This reference booklet collects greater than 800 American proverbs approximately ladies and analyzes their significance.The quantity starts off with introductory chapters that discover the connection among proverbs and tradition and similar to girls awarded in proverbs. The chapters that keep on with are dedicated to specific different types, comparable to other halves and 6~rriage, moms and daughters, girls as estate, and previous ladies and grandmothers. each one bankruptcy features a short introductory review and a list of proverbs when it comes to the subject. The proverbs have been accumulated via an in depth evaluate of magazine articles, proverb dictionaries, and different literature. as well as actual proverbs, the quantity contains a few words, sayings, and proverbial comparisons. now not integrated are expressions that include 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 ladies, an alphabetical index of proverbs, and an in depth bibliography.
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1559; Illinois) Women are strong when they arm themselves with their weaknesses. Women are the devil's nets. (1520; Illinois) Women are the root of all evil. (1948; Wisconsin) Women are wise on a sudden, fools on premeditation. (1866) Variation: Women are wise impromptu, fools on reflection. (Italian) Women be forgetful, Children be unkind, Executors are covetous and take what they can find. Women can tolerate everything—except each other. Women commend an honest man: but they do not like him.
A daughter is "brittle ware" who must always be protected from evil predators (See how the boy is with his sister and you can know how the man will be with your daughter).
1736; Franklin) 48 AMERICAN PROVERBS ABOUT WOMEN Variation: The blind man's wife needs no painting. (1659; German, Spanish; 1736, Franklin; New York, South Carolina) Compliment an old hag on her lovely appearance and she'll take you at your word. Don't dare kiss an ugly girl—she'll tell the world about it. A fire scorches from near, a beautiful woman from near and from far. (Wisconsin) The first girl up in the morning is the best-dressed girl that day. [an appeal to vanity to encourage industriousness] (Illinois) Food and woman must go in [be appreciated] through the eyes.
American Proverbs About Women: A Reference Guide by Lois Kerschen