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Distaff

"Distaff" is a metonymy for the female side of a family (or society, I guess.)  What is the equivalent metonymy for the male side?

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vschanoes
Oct. 26th, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
When the term was developed, during the middle ages and renaissance, it would be the sword. You'd have battle of the sexes pamphlets showing a man with a sword fighting a woman with a distaff.