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A Quote by Paul Richards on language, creation, women, feminine, female, honor, valor, herosim, and heroine

All the way around, when we consider the absolute number of defining negative terms or the ratio of negative to positive word use for each gender, women lose out when it comes to positive, defining language. I mean, they really lose out. My search for definitions of chivalry or gallantry that apply specifically to women has so far come up with nothing. Consider the terms honor, steadfastness, and valor. Though not overtly gender-specific, they are male-tilted by broad context and long-established patterns of use. And these words, even though they can be applied to women, don't imply what gallantry and chivalry imply, which is a mixture of kindness, confidence, and power as specifically linked to one gender…

Lastly, of course, I must comment on the feminine version of the word hero, which of course is heroine. This term describes a woman's role in a story but does not specifically refer to character or nobility. Heroine is probably the most frequently used positive word for a woman in common vocabulary, but almost nobody I know would use it to describe a real, ordinary person. By our language's glaring lack of gender-specific terms for female nobility of character, and the ongoing presence of specialized male terms such as gallantry, we can infer that a bias against celebrating the feminine exists in Western culture much as it does in places like New Guinea, even if it takes a less physically brutal form. This language anomaly in no way reflects the actual nature of women as I have experienced them. Many women I know have shown chivalry equal to a man's in harrowing circumstances, including, in Patty's case, a brush with war in the jungles of New Guinea and making life-or-death decisions as a nurse midwife at the bedsides off hundreds of women in labor. The emotional heroism of women, in my opinion, far surpasses that of men, on a daily basis. By emotional heroism I mean the complex choices women often make, setting aside their own needs or supressing strong feelings, in the service of a greater good.

Paul Richards

Source: Wild Attraction, a Ruthlessly Practical Guide to Extraordinary Relationship, Pages: 181-183

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Paul Richards on cetseva, female, women, grace, language, words, art, and description

Cetseva is a female nobility of character, an art form emphasizing strength, endurance, intricate persistance, inclusiveness, fluidity, emotional intelligence, sacrifice, nuance, and grace.

Paul Richards

Source: Wild Attraction, a Ruthlessly Practical Guide to Extraordinary Relationship, Pages: 202

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Marianne on women, mother, marianne goldweber, nurturing, hope, and wisdom

I am Mother;

Life bringer
Nourisher
Leader
Provider
Healer
Warrior
Shape shifter
Sage
Goddess
and Prophesier

I am the wellspring;
for any and all that thirst or need fed.

I fill my cup from an inexhaustible source;
I am love and comfort
I am patience and truth
I am encouragement and strength
I am Faith.
and give you my cup to slake your thirst.
Marianne Goldweber

Marianne Goldweber

Contributed by: Marianne

A Quote by Mr. on woman, women, womankind, mother, feed, martyr, and bleed

Woman is a mother. She's got a lot of mouths to feed. She feels like a martyr. Frustration is what she bleeds.

Mr. Prophet

Source: Song: "Hope is the Answer by Mr. Prophet

Contributed by: Mr.

A Quote by Jeanette Winterson on stories, storytelling, women, princesses, witches, stepmothers, mermaids, fairy godmothers, wickedness, and beauty

Tell me the story...
It was a woman.
You always say that.
There's always a woman somewhere, child; a princess, a witch, a stepmother, a mermaid, a fairy godmother, or one as wicked as she is beautiful, or as beautiful as she is good.
Is that the complete list?
Then there is the woman you love.
Who's she?
That's another story.

Jeanette Winterson

Source: Lighthousekeeping, Pages: 73

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by William Shakespeare on shakespeare, stage, acting, life, world, players, men, and women

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: As You Like It 2/7

Contributed by: Rina

A Quote by Margaret Fuller on men, women, gender, duality, and fluidity

Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism.  But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another.  Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid.  There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.

Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850)

Source: Woman In the Nineteenth Century

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Harriet Beecher Stowe on youth, age, women, and old women

So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why doesn't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896)

Source: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Marianne on women, empowerment, love, nurturing, accountability, faith, love nurturing, self love, and society

 Women are the cup from
 which everyone drinks;
 Empowerment begins with
 Loving and Nurturing the
 self first- in order to quench
 the thirst of those who need us..

Marianne Goldweber

Contributed by: Marianne

A Quote by Maria Mitchell on science and women

In my younger days, when I was painted by the half-educated, loose and inaccurate ways women had, I used to say, "How much women need exact science"  But since I have known some workers in science, I have now said, "How much science needs women"

Maria Mitchell (1818 - 1889)

Source: A Women's Notebook by Juliette Clarke

Contributed by: Taikunping

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