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


Oct. 26th, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
Nah, I don't buy that Freudian reading, because pamphlets would show the woman wielding the distaff in the same way the man wielded the sword--as a weapon.
Feb. 8th, 2015 02:29 pm (UTC)
Or like a rolling-pin in old cartoons.