Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from around the World

Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from around the World

by Mineke Schipper
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300102496

ISBN-13: 9780300102499

Pub. Date: 05/10/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

In cultures all over the globe, sex and gender issues have been expressed in proverbs, the world's smallest literary genre. This fascinating book provides revealing insights into the female condition across centuries and continents, as recorded in thousands of vivid and earthy proverbs about women. Mineke Schipper analyzes similarities, differences, and contradictions

Overview

In cultures all over the globe, sex and gender issues have been expressed in proverbs, the world's smallest literary genre. This fascinating book provides revealing insights into the female condition across centuries and continents, as recorded in thousands of vivid and earthy proverbs about women. Mineke Schipper analyzes similarities, differences, and contradictions in the cultural norms about gender expressed in thousands of proverbs she has found from over 150 countries. Grouping the sayings into such categories as the female body, love, sex, childbirth, and female power, she finds shared patterns in ideas about women (and how men see them).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300102499
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/10/2004
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
Prologue1
The Mother of All Sciences1
Creation and Procreation2
Collecting and Questioning5
Proverbs and Their Impact8
Legacies9
Media11
Features12
Changing Contexts, Constant Cores15
1The Female Body18
From Head to Foot18
Stature and Appearance19
Body and Soul22
Head and Neck24
Brains26
Eyes28
Nose and Ears30
Lips, Mouth, Teeth, Tongue31
Shoulders and Arms33
Hands and Fingers34
Sex Characteristics37
Nursing Breasts and Breasts as Objects of Desire41
Womb44
Vagina46
Buttocks47
Legs, Knees, Feet48
Beauty and Beautifying51
Radiance51
The Impact of Female Attraction53
Belles54
Beauty versus Intelligence60
Transience61
Outer Beauty and Inner Qualities61
Ugliness62
Fatal Allurements66
The Female Body Anthology68
2Phases of Life93
Girls, Daughters, Brides93
A Boy or a Girl?93
Bride-wealth and Dowry97
Virginity and Virtue99
Spinsters103
Wedding Day104
Wedlock106
Wives, Co-Wives, Widows108
Wives108
Good or Bad?109
The 'Good' Wife110
'Wickedness'111
Co-Wives113
Why an Extra Wife?115
Hierarchies among Wives116
Problems and Disillusions118
Widows120
Death of Wife, Death of Husband121
Loss and Sorrow123
Widows' Tears125
Slander125
Remarrying127
Mothers and Mothers-in-Law129
Mothers129
Uniqueness129
Ideal Children and Worrying Mothers131
Mothers and Children, Mothers and Sons133
Mothers and Daughters135
Who is Taking Care of the Mother?136
Motherless137
Mothers-in-Law versus Daughters-in-Law140
Rivals141
Newly Arrived142
Revenge144
Death and the Mother-in-Law145
Old Age146
Grandmothers and Old Women147
Good Old Age148
Bad Old Age151
Old Age Behaviour152
Decrepitude and Death156
Status and Authority157
Phases of Life Anthology159
3Basics of Life204
Love204
Falling in Love205
The Logic of Love207
Love in Marriage210
Love and Other Men's Wives212
Bitter Worries and Sweet Words214
Sex217
Private Parts217
Desire219
Pleasure223
The First Time and Next225
Heavenly Delight228
Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth230
Sterility231
Fertility233
Pregnancy236
Childbirth and Childbed237
Basics of Life Anthology242
4Female Power266
Verbal Talent267
An Inborn Quality?268
The Jewel of Silence269
Work270
'Woman's Work'271
Cookery276
Cleaning279
Crafts280
Never-Ending Hard Work282
What to Do Without a Wife285
Knowledge287
For Men Only288
Women's Advice290
'Cunning' versus 'Knowledge'292
From Healing to Poisoning294
Witchcraft and Other Occult Forces295
Female Witches297
Devil and Satan301
Countermeasures304
Moulding a Wife305
Do Not Praise and Do Not Trust308
Not to Be Seen and Not to Be Heard310
Violence311
Wife-Beating313
Husband-Beating315
Anyone Against?316
Women's Reactions317
Female Power Anthology320
5Messages of Images350
Women as Objects351
Containers352
Flowers, Trees, Fruits355
Women as Animals357
Women as Eatables361
Gendered Places and Spaces364
Home and the World364
Here and Hereafter369
Images in Search of Hierarchies371
Messages of Images Anthology375
Epilogue: Proverbial Imagination in an Age of Globalization387
Endnotes393
Languages, Cultures and Countries402
Bibliography406
Index415

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