blue-stocking


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blue-stocking

female intellectual; advocates nontraditional feminine talents. [Western Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 127]
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Among some of the more scurrilous rumours, she was described as a blue-stocking, a sorceress, the Eumenide, the harpy who lived upon corpses and drank blood out of brass cups.
She was a blue-stocking and had the supreme sexual cachet of having being the mistress of that notorious lecher Philip, Duc d'Orleans Regent of France.
In the past you were either a blue-stocking or a blonde in a tight dress.
She was still dumpy, frumpy, a Bohemian blue-stocking with frizzy brown hair and an anti-fashion wardrobe - but she was also a dangerous opponent.
Beatrice Webb is one of the most famous late Victorian-early twentieth century blue-stockings, a highly intelligent and supremely arrogant left-wing intellectual who influenced government thinking at the turn of the last century.