blue-stocking


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blue-stocking

female intellectual; advocates nontraditional feminine talents. [Western Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 127]
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An exception was that indefatigable blue-stocking, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who offered a piquant reversal of the normative response.
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.