I thought this would be an amusing albeit aggravating article. (Love alliteration).
"How 'Barefoot and Pregnant' Became a Dark American Joke."
This article goes on-and-on. Analysis paralysis. I gave up reading it. Am I too impatient?
Well, I enjoyed it, but I am an English teacher and words, aphorisms, etc., fascinate me. I look up the etymologies of words for fun and when I was a kid, I read the dictionary.
I recall barefoot and pregnant from many years ago. It may have been a dark joke but some men thought it was the secret of never getting a divorce. The wife was too busy with the kids to even think about leaving or getting more education for a good job.
Sounds like the Religious Right would like America to take on that "barefoot and pregnant" stance to keep women out of the work force and other aims of theirs.
Personally I like the British version of “Keep her well-shagged and poorly shod and she’ll not wander far,” since that sounds pretty good in a warm climate like mine, where we don't like to wear shoes much anyway, and pregnancy is totally avoidable.
I'm going to go with your take on this and pass. I just trying to get through the next couple of weeks until the mid terms are over. 🥺
I'm not really in the mood for an endless/pointless article. And if you gave up on it, I'm not even going to start it