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Re: Distaff vs. ?

Posted by Karl on November 04, 2002

In Reply to: Distaff vs. ? posted by Bookworm on November 04, 2002

: What is the term for the male side of the family? Thanks in advance.

The communist side. Wait, wait, follow the reasoning:
The "spear" or hunter side makes sense in the context; mayhaps the plow side? Ah, the hammer and sickle would be perfect; builder of shelter, provider of bread. Therefore, distaff and communists.

Women are the distaff side because they held the distaff, while not a well-known symbol of domesticity, eloquently symbolic none the less for that.