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In the common law of crime in England and Wales, a common scold was a species of public nuisance—a troublesome and angry woman who broke the public peace by habitually arguing and quarrelling with her neighbours. The Latin name for the offender, communis rixatrix, appears in the feminine gender and makes it clear that only women could commit this crime.

The offence, which was exported to North America with the colonists, was punishable by ducking: being placed in a chair and submerged in a river or pond. Although rarely prosecuted it remained on the statute books in England and Wales until 1967. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create an offense for your story that is gender-specific. Include a punishment that is specific to this offense.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about punishments, whether legal or cultural, that are specifically anti-woman?

Art Prompt: Public nuisance

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of patriarchy and choose one example to illustrate your feelings about it.


The practice of binding feet was originally introduced about a thousand years ago, allegedly by a concubine of the emperor. Not only was the sight of women hobbling on tiny feet considered erotic, men would also get excited playing with bound feet, which were always hidden in embroidered silk shoes. Women could not remove the binding cloths even when they were adults, as their feet would start growing again. The binding could only be loosened temporarily at night in bed, when they would put on soft-soled shoes. Men rarely saw naked bound feet, which were usually covered in rotting flesh and stank when the bindings were removed. As a child, I can remember my grand- mother being in constant pain. When we came home from shopping, the first thing she would do was soak her feet in a bowl of hot water, sighing with relief as she did so. Then she would set about cutting off pieces of dead skin. The pain came not only from the bro­ken bones, but also from her toenails, which grew into the balls of her feet. -Jung Chang, Wild Swans: The Three Daughters of China

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem based on today’s quote.

Journaling Prompt: Is there a part of your life that you are metaphorically binding? Why?

Art Prompt: Bound Feet

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about one of the ways women have been oppressed for the sake of fashion.

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