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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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(Anonymous)
Oct. 28th, 2014 07:01 am (UTC)
Yes, and apologies and it is true that men kill men, each the other at the instigation of other men as cannon fodder and women are not exempt from these killings: it is just than women have been singled out in horrible ways from the usual rules of honorable death. If the heart of man is wicked, not even the devil knows the heart of man says the common law and so we are tried not for what we think,except for Salem and McCarthyism and other idiocies, but for what we in fact do. And so in so many ways are wicked the ways of women, for which their trials are often domestic. I carry no brief for either sex, or all six or more of sexes, but I wish that there might be a bit more kindness, sometimes.