a whistling woman and a crowing hen are neither fit for God nor men
/ɐ wˈɪslɪŋ wˈʊmən ænd ɐ kɹˈoʊɪŋ hˈɛn ɑːɹ nˈiːðɚ fˈɪt fɔːɹ ɡˈɑːd nˈɔːɹ mˈɛn/
used to imply that women who engage in behaviors that are traditionally associated with men or masculinity are inappropriate and unworthy of respect or acceptance
a woman's place is in the home
/ɐ wˈʊmənz plˈeɪs ɪz ɪnðə hˈoʊm/
used to imply that women's primary role is within the household, and that their most valuable contribution to society is as a wife and mother
a woman's work is never done
/ɐ wˈʊmənz wˈɜːk ɪz nˈɛvɚ dˈʌn/
used to imply that women have an endless list of responsibilities and duties that often go unnoticed or undervalued, and that they are expected to prioritize others over themselves
not choose one's women or one's linen by candlelight
/nˌɑːt tʃˈuːz wˈʌnz wˈɪmɪn ɔːɹ wˈʌnz lˈɪnɪn baɪ kˈændəllˌaɪt/
used to suggest that it is essential to see things clearly without any illusions or romanticized ideas before making a significant decision
daughters and dead fish are not keeping wares
/dˈɔːɾɚz ænd dˈɛd fˈɪʃ ɑːɹ nˌɑːt kˈiːpɪŋ wˈɛɹz/
used to imply that a daughter's worth lies only in her ability to get married and that she is a burden on her family if she remains unmarried
England is the paradise of women, the hell of horses and the purgatory of servants
/ˈɪŋɡlənd ɪz ðə pˈæɹədˌaɪs ʌv wˈɪmɪn ðə hˈɛl ʌv hˈɔːɹsᵻz ænd ðə pˈɜːɡətˌoːɹi ʌv sˈɜːvənts/
used to imply women live luxuriously in England, while horses are mistreated and overworked, and domestic servants lead a challenging life
female of the species is more deadly than the male
/fˈiːmeɪl ʌvðə spˈiːsiːz ɪz mˈoːɹ dˈɛdli ðɐn ðə mˈeɪl/
used to suggest that women are more dangerous or aggressive than men
hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
/hˈɛl hæθ nˈoʊ fjˈʊɹi lˈaɪk ɐ wˈʊmən skˈɔːɹnd/
used to suggest that a woman's anger and retaliation can be intense and powerful, and that it is unwise to underestimate or provoke her in such circumstances
old maids lead apes in hell
/ˈoʊld mˈeɪdz lˈiːd ˈeɪps ɪn hˈɛl/
used to insult unmarried women by suggesting that they are inferior, undesirable, and destined for a life of misery and punishment in the afterlife
one tongue is enough for a woman
/wˈʌn tˈʌŋ ɪz ɪnˈʌf fɚɹə wˈʊmən/
used to suggest that women talk too much or are too outspoken and that they should be more restrained in their speech
silence is a woman's best garment
/sˈaɪləns ɪz ɐ wˈʊmənz bˈɛst ɡˈɑːɹmənt/
used to imply that a woman's virtue and beauty are best demonstrated by her silence
a tidy house holds a bored woman
/ɐ tˈaɪdi hˈaʊs hˈoʊldz ɐ bˈoːɹd wˈʊmən/
used to suggest that a woman who focuses solely on maintaining a clean house may not be engaging in more stimulating or fulfilling activities
the gray mare is the better horse
/ðə ɡɹˈeɪ mˈɛɹ ɪz ðə bˈɛɾɚ hˈɔːɹs/
used to imply that sometimes a woman can be more skilled, capable, or better than a man, emphasizing that gender does not determine one's abilities or qualities
the way to a man's heart is through his stomach
/ðə wˈeɪ tʊ ɐ mˈænz hˈɑːɹt ɪz θɹuː hɪz stˈʌmək/
used to suggest that cooking and serving food that a man enjoys is a way to win his affection and love
six hours' sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool
/sˈɪks ˈaɪʊɹz slˈiːp fɚɹə mˈæn sˈɛvən fɚɹə wˈʊmən ænd ˈeɪt fɚɹə fˈuːl/
used to suggest that men require less sleep than women, and anyone who sleeps for more than eight hours is foolish
a man is as old as he feels, (and) a woman as old as she looks
/ɐ mˈæn ɪz æz ˈoʊld æz hiː fˈiːlz ænd ɐ wˈʊmən æz ˈoʊld æz ʃiː lˈʊks/
used to suggest that women are primarily valued for their beauty and youth, while men are valued for their experience and wisdom
to not reveal a man's wage and (a) woman's age
/nˌɑːt ɹɪvˈiːl ɐ mˈænz wˈeɪdʒ ænd ɐ wˈʊmənz ˈeɪdʒ/
used to imply that it is impolite or inappropriate to disclose a man's salary or a woman's age in public
good men are scarce
/ɡˈʊd mˈɛn ɑːɹ skˈɛɹs/
used to suggest that men who possess desirable qualities such as honesty, kindness, and reliability are not common or easy to find
boys will be boys
/bˈɔɪz wɪl biː bˈɔɪz/
used to excuse or dismiss negative behavior by boys or men, with the implication that it is simply part of their nature
children should be seen and not heard
/tʃˈɪldɹən ʃˌʊd biː sˈiːn ænd nˌɑːt hˈɜːd/
used to imply that children should remain quiet and obedient in the presence of adults, and that their voices and opinions are not valuable or deserving of respect
words are for women, actions for men
/wˈɜːdz ɑːɹ fɔːɹ wˈɪmɪn ˈækʃənz fɔːɹ mˈɛn/
used to suggest that it is men who are known for honoring their word, not women
girls will be girls
/ɡˈɜːlz wɪl biː ɡˈɜːlz/
used to suggest that certain behavior or actions, such as being emotional or talkative, are typical or expected of girls or women
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