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By Mineke Schipper

In cultures in the course of the international, intercourse and gender concerns were expressed in proverbs, the world's so much concise literary style. by no means Marry a lady with gigantic toes offers revealing insights into the feminine throughout centuries and continents, as recorded in millions of brilliant and earthy proverbs approximately women. Mineke Schipper explores the similarities, transformations, and contradictions that coexist in cultural norms approximately gender from countless numbers of languages and over a hundred and fifty international locations. Grouping the sayings into such different types because the girl physique, love, intercourse, childbirth, and feminine energy, she unearths attractive styles in rules approximately women—and males. This cross-cultural research and important research of proverbs approximately girls is a special and interesting source to dip into back and again. "A superb contribution to the cosmopolitan dialog that ought to turn up globalization."—K. Anthony Appiah, Princeton University "A interesting research of greater than 15,000 proverbs. . . . Engrossing."—Carolyne Larrington, occasions Literary complement (20060501)

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I found one Chilean proverb about the ear from an outspoken female perspective: ‘A husband at home is like a flea in your ears’, meaning that a housewife does not like the irritating presence of her spouse in the house: as long as he is away, she is her own boss and freely decides what to do in the house and how to do it. Exactly the same idea is expressed in a Kurdish proverb of Jewish origin: ‘A husband who is at home is like a toothache to his wife’ – which brings us to the next parts of the body.

Proverbs referring to either black or blue eyes come from countries where both kinds exist, such as in Europe, the Americas, and also sometimes in North Africa. I found no proverbs about eye colour in Africa south of the Sahara, in Asia and Oceania, where people mostly share the same eye colour. There is usually not made much of a difference between women with blue or brown eyes: If there are no black eyes, kiss the blue ones instead. (Moldovan) Women’s eyes cannot be trusted, neither the black nor the blue.

Bisa) How to be sure that a woman is really in love with you? ’ Proverbs associate women’s lips and mouth not only with love but also with talking and eating. There are many proverbs specifically addressing the female mouth. If, according to an earlier mentioned Dutch proverb, a good woman does not have a head, a Beti proverb from Cameroon states that ‘Woman has no mouth’, meaning that women are not allowed to speak publicly. In several countries and cultures, it is explicitly emphasized that a woman’s mouth is only meant for taking food: ‘A woman should not open her mouth but to eat’ (German and Albanian).

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