In olden days women were defined by three ages--Maiden, Mother, and Crone.
The Maiden was the innocent virginal woman before marriage, but after childhood.
I am looking for a word to describe a woman before marriage, but after childhood, but who is not virginal. She is sexually active, seeking her own pleasure, but not as controlled by her desires to be called slut or hussy.
Hedonist describes someone who is obsessed with pleasure. As I understand it, Darth merely wants a word that describes a normal single adult woman with a normal, healthy sex drive, who enjoys sex as one part of her life.
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quote:Originally posted by Dobbie: Hedonist describes someone who is obsessed with pleasure. As I understand it, Darth merely wants a word that describes a normal single adult woman with a normal, healthy sex drive, who enjoys sex as one part of her life.
Ah, that would make more sense. I read 'seeking her own pleasure' as being obsessed with pleasure, but neglected to catch the bit about her not being controlled by her desires.
Woman? I'm not trying to be sarcastic, but does there really need to be a 'term'? What's the term for a man after childhood, pre marriage, not virginal, who is sexually active but not controlled by his urges that is not called a gigolo or an a**hole?
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Does there need to be a term? Good question. I say yes as there exists a term for both the slut and the maiden.
In particular I am creating a fantasy story where wizards can gain a type of immortality by combining their essence with that of the spirit of something. Basically they become the Avatar of something. There is the Wizard of Men and the Witch (Wizardess?) of Magic and the Wizard of Justified War. One of the main characters is the daughter of the two most powerful wizards. She becomes the wizardess/witch/whatever of strong independent youthful femaleness.
I can thing of several, more mystical, ideas where the "Lady of <Whatever>" is assumed to be a young, unmarried adult woman who is not necessarily chaste.
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quote: As a title of nobility the uses of "lady" are parallel to those of "lord". It is thus a less formal alternative to the full title giving the specific rank, of marchioness, countess, viscountess or baroness, whether as the title of the husband's rank by right or courtesy, or as the lady's title in her own right. A peeress's title is used with the definite article: Lord Morris's wife is "The Lady Morris". A widow's title derived from her husband becomes the dowager, e.g. The Dowager Lady Smith. The title "Lady" is also used for a woman who is the wife of a Scottish feudal baron, the title "Lady" preceding the name of the barony.
In the case of younger sons of a duke or marquess, who by courtesy have "Lord" prefixed to their given and family name, the wife is known by the husband's given and family name with "The Lady" prefixed, e.g. The Lady John Smith. The daughters of dukes, marquesses and earls are by courtesy ladies; here that title is prefixed to the given and family name of the lady, e.g. The Lady Jane Smith, and this is preserved if the lady marries a commoner, e.g. Mr John and The Lady Jane Smith. The predicate 'The' should be used prior to "Lady" or "Lord" in all cases, except after a divorce for women who do not hold the courtesy title of "Lady" in their own right, e.g. or Jane, Lady Smith (the ex-wife of Lord John Smith).
"Lady" is also the customary title of the wife of a baronet or knight, but in this case with neither the article nor Christian name: "Lady" with the surname of the husband only, Sir John and Lady Smith. When a woman divorces a knight and he marries again, the new wife will be Lady Smith while the ex-wife becomes Jane, Lady Smith.
Also, under the "Dame" entry:
quote: Because there is no female equivalent of a Knight Bachelor, women deserving an honour of this rank are appointed Lady Companions of the Order of the Garter or Dames of the Order of the British Empire instead.
Formerly, the wife of a knight was called a Dame, but this usage was replaced by "Lady" during the 17th century.
From "Mistress" (obviously, this has a present-day negative implication, but if you're writing a period fantasy piece, I see no reason it wouldn't work):
quote: Mistress is an old form of address for a woman. An example is Mistress Quickly in Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. The title did not distinguish between married and unmarried women.
I don't know if we have a word for it that doesn't have some type of negative connotation; it seems like virtually all female terms, and most male terms, that reference sexuality develop negative connotations.
The only thing I can think of is that we do have what you're describing in the title 'Ms.' (short for 'Mistress'). If the novel you're writing is looking for a more old-fashioned title, you could probably refer to the character as the Mistress of Femininity (or somesuch).
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