Monday, September 16, 2013


The Male Profession’s Female Relative

The Ambassador’s Daughter

The Apothecary’s Daughter

The Aviator’s Wife

The Baker’s Daughter

The Baker’s Wife

The Bishop’s Daughter

The Bloodletter’s Daughter

The Bonesetter’s Daughter

The Bookseller’s Daughter

The Burgermeister’s Daughter

The Butcher’s Granddaughter

The Calligrapher’s Daughter

The Candidate’s Wife

The Captain’s Daughter

The Centurion’s Wife

The Chief’s Granddaughter

The Coach’s Wife

The Colonel’s Nieces

The Dairyman’s Daughter

The Diplomat’s Wife

The Ditchdigger’s Daughters

The Doctor’s Wife

The Dopeman’s Wife

The Emancipator’s Wife

The English Gentleman’s Wife

The Fisherman’s Wife

The Florist’s Daughter

The General’s Daughter

The Governor’s Daughter

The Governor’s Wife

The Hangman’s Daughter

The Headmaster’s Wife

The Heretic’s Wife

The Inquisitor’s Wife

The King of Elfland’s Daughter

The Kingmaker’s Daughter

The Kitchen God’s Wife

The Legate’s Daughter

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter

The Madman’s Daughter

The Merchant’s Daughter

The Merry Monarch’s Wife

The Millionaire’s Wife

The Mortician’s Wife

The Murderer’s Daughters

The Nazi Officer’s Wife

The Parson’s Daughter

The Pastor’s Wife

The Pilot’s Wife

The Potter’s Daughter

The Preacher’s Daughter

The Prisoner’s Wife

The Professor’s Daughter

The Reverend’s Wife

The Rock Star’s Daughter

The Saddlemaker’s Wife

The Salaryman’s Wife

The Scavenger’s Daughters

The Sea Captain’s Wife

The Sea Captain’s Wife

The Senator’s Wife

The Shepherd’s Granddaughter

The Shoemaker’s Wife

The Shogun’s Daughter

The Soldier’s Wife

The Soldier’s Wife

The Storekeeper’s Daughter

The Storekeeper’s Niece

The Storyteller’s Daughter

The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Tinker’s Daughter

The Traitor’s Wife

The Tutor’s Daughter

The Warden’s Niece

The Watchmaker’s Daughter

The Weatherman’s Daughters

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Jennifer Little is an English PhD student in New York City, focusing on late medieval love poetry, and a high school English teacher. Both pursuits require placing herself in the mindset of people whose thought-process seems entirely alien. She also enjoys knitting, singing, and drunken critique of television drama.

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The Playboy Sheikh's Virgin Stablegirl?


@mlle.gateau OMG it's real


@Rock and Roll Ken Doll Oh, I've read it. It's epic. If you don't want to hunt down a copy, you can read an excellent review w/excerpts here:






@Rock and Roll Ken Doll Oof, sorry! Yeah, if your boss isn't into earnest and unwittingly comical descriptions of sex, probably don't read it at work.



No one cares about what I do, just warning others!

Dirty Hands

@mlle.gateau This review is a muuuuust-read, for everyone's info.



That said, thanks for bringing it to my attention!


@Dirty Hands - OMG that review!

"It’s just like what they always say: if wishes were bosoms, sheikhs would ride."




LOLing so hard at The Dopeman's Wife


It's Part 1 of Dopeman's Trilogy!

Followed by:
- The Dopeman's Mother in Law
- The Dopeman's Grandfather's Second Wife


@Rock and Roll Ken Doll omg for real though the third part is called "Dopeman: Memoirs of a Snitch." Here is the first part of the review:

"Nautica and Khia are cousins working at Red's Chicken Shack scheming on the manager for some extra loot. Basically, they're two hood chicks looking for a way out of the ghetto. Nautica finds her mark in Zion and enjoys the fringe benefits of being a major baller's lady even when she has to suffer through his jealous rages and backhand slaps. A bag full of money, death and murders left behind finds Nautica in search of a safe haven and a fresh beginning."



@j-i-a Yes! OMG please interview Wahida Clark, aka the Queen of Urban Fiction (even though I hate that genre title). She started writing books while in Camp Cupcake w/ Martha Stewart, became wildly successful and now is a publisher. She is FASCINATING and her website has a blurb from Birdman. Also, Thugs and the Women Who Love them / Every Thug Needs A Lady are so much fun to read.


@34143495@twitter wait. YES. that birdman blurb is what alerted me to wahida clark in the first place actually, even though i haven't read her stuff. okay, yes yes yes yes as soon as i get some spare time (ha ha ha) i'm on this


@Rock and Roll Ken Doll that last one could also be called The Dopeman's Step-Grandmother, right?


To be fair, "Madman" and "Murderer" are not exactly professions . . .


@themegnapkin I guess that depends on how seriously you take your murdering. Or your madness.


@themegnapkin eeek but sort of they ARE, just they are called other things today


@themegnapkin Time Traveller, however, is definitely a profession.

The Lady of Shalott

WAIT A SECOND. I clicked, totally at random, on the Storekeeper's Niece, and found this:

"Mike Williams thinks the little redhead is too pretty to share Amos' nasty disposition, and once her sharp tongue crosses a line with him, he turns her over his knee for a good spanking. That's nothing, though, compared to his outrage when he learnes that Becca is determined to find her uncle's killer. Sparks fly as the Sheriff and the Storekeeper's Niece go at it in front of the whole town!

The Storekeeper's Niece is an old-fashioned Western, with traditional spanking of adult women in an historical setting."

What??????? AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THESE BOOKS. I am so...I had no idea this was a thing.


@The Lady of Shalott

"traditional" ?????


@The Lady of Shalott I see your spanking book and will raise you: Beast Mating Erotica.



@The Lady of Shalott There are a lot of books...about... spanking women in front of the town?

I guess I should be less surprised.


No mothers? No sisters? I guess it's only women that can be subservient through age or betrothal to the character of real importance aka the Male.


@iceberg I searched "Mother" and "Sister" and got nothing -- at least in the first 50 or so pages of results, after which I got bored.

RK Fire

Honestly, this list reminds me as potential lyrics for this rugby song, which is both cracking me up and making me feel nostalgic for rugby socials.

Disclaimer: rugby songs are not noted for their feminist outlook, etc. Also, that song might only be sung in the mid-atlantic US? who knows.


@RK Fire
OH MY GOD. For four years I sang that song "Follow the band". Tell me it is not really "Follow your man"? It's like you just killed Santa!

PS: I still get it stuck in my head from time to time. Once on a week long canoe trip with two other ruggers + male SOs we had an impromptu drink-up and confused the hell out of/slightly terrified the men-folk.


@RK Fire Oh my god. I always sang this song with "boyfriend" (or girlfriend!) Father is just gross. Definitely sang "Follow the band" and "drink in your hand," though I heard other teams sing "clit in your hand." This is actually my favorite rugby song and the one I always thought of as the most feminist (it's a low bar).


I remember a YA book I read in high school called The President's Daughter. In that case, the president was her mother, her father was the First Gentleman, and the plot mostly revolved around her trying to fit in at a new high school as the daughter of the first female president. I remember loving it - there was also a sequel wherein the girl is kidnapped.

Does anyone else remember these? I feel like the only one...

de Pizan

@rekabeka The President's Daughter by Ellen Emerson White.


To be fair though, I think the bonesetter is her mom, right?


@Becks I, personally, am actively unconcerned about being fair in regards to this list

YFN Dentonista@twitter

@ Becks - The Bonesetter IS a woman (and her mom).

Julia duMais

@YFN Dentonista@twitter I set a bone in your mother last night.

Julia duMais

@theharpoon @YFN Dentonista@twitter @Becks seriously though, yeah. In theory I am slightly less annoyed by "The ___'s Daughter" because the ___ in question could be a woman? But I suspect, for some reason, who knows why, just a wild gut feeling, that it generally is not.


@Julia duMais I would be too, in theory, but after reading the first 12 or so synopses, which were ALL daughters of men, I realized that the ___ in question was a man pretty much all the time (though I did get the Bonesetter wrong, as you guys rightly pointed out).


Now at a library near you: The Male Profession's Female Relatives' Quilting Society

Pound of Salt
Pound of Salt

...If you consider tigers to be professionals


@Pound of Salt

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll No one wears pinstripes like a tiger.


@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

"Cocktails and refreshments will be served. Dress is 'business tiger.'"

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

Oooh, the Earl's Inconvenient Wife: http://www.amazon.com/Earls-Inconvenient-Regency-Collection-ebook/dp/B0084JC6QU/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379358589&sr=1-10&keywords=the+wife

de Pizan

There was an article on the Millions about the Daughter titles trend http://www.themillions.com/2012/03/the-___s-daughter.html.


Oh GOD this has been driving me crazy since forever. A lot of these are stupid and funny, but the implication--that women are defined only by their relationship to men--is maddening.


The Baker's Wife is also a great bakery in Minneapolis. Their cinnamon sugar donuts are particularly tasty.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@PistolPackinMama Sounds cannibal-y to me. (I read your comment in column form, so it said "The Baker's Wife is particularly tasty."


THANK YOU for this article. This trend drives me CRAZY and I will absolutely not buy a book if it uses this formulation in the title.


the hangman's daughter is a really amazing book. and one of the most amazing father-daughter relationships i've ever read. the father IS the hero of the stories and is the patriarchal overlord of their family (including his daughter's boyfriend!), but the daughter has many of her father's qualities. she's an amazing strong character. and the two of them solve crimes. easily the best books i've read in years.


Couldn't we have saved everyone a lot of syntax and just called "The King of Elfland’s Daughter," "The Princess of Elfland" instead?

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@lizardjellybean what if she's like illegitimate, from a one-night stand that the King had with a royal groupie? So she's not recognized as a princess but whenever she has a bad day at school, her mom says something like "Well, your dad's the king, so someday you won't need math, because you're royalty" and she's like wtf mom he doesn't even know I exist, so rather than being the Princess of Elfland, she's a commoner with royal blood and a mom who still thinks it's whatever year it was when she had a one-night stand with the king?


@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)
"The Bastard Princess of Elfland?"


To be fair though, I think the bonesetter is her mom, right?


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