In the course of researching for a paper, I needed to think of as many synonyms for "woman" as possible. I figured the intertubes would help me with this, so I googled woman and synonyms.
Several of the resultant websites included the following list, in various permutations:
cleaning lady, charwoman, womanhood, cleaning woman, woman, adult female, fair sex, char
Now, I am as willing as the next feminist to believe that there is sexism lurking behind every tree, but even I had no idea that the internet thinks all women are cleaning ladies. I was hoping for words like "girl" or "female" or "lady," but ones I hadn't thought of yet.
Since the internet has failed me, I must ask real people for help. I am compiling a list of show tunes written by men that claim to define womanhood. So far my list includes a ton of obscurities and the following flawless gems of representation:
I Enjoy Being a Girl (from Flower Drum Song)
Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend (from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
How Lovely to be a Woman (from Bye Bye Birdie)
These three may end up being all I need for my paper, but if anyone has any additions, I am happy to take suggestions. Any thoughts, mysterious blog readers?