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As we ruminate on redistribution, we might note that today is “St. Distaff’s Day.” The distaff, used in spinning, was the medieval symbol of women’s work (to wit, the use of “distaff” as an adjective denoting the female side of a family).  In many European cultures, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas, which ended yesterday.  The tradition of St Distaff’s Day is more amusing than a simple resumption of chores however, as it involved men and women playing pranks on each other– as memorialized by Robert Herrick in his poem “Saint Distaffs Day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day” (in Hesperides).


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January 7, 2013 at 1:01 am

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