女 Martyr Mother vs. Forthright Feminist

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female, *woman

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“女字旁”

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yāo
bewitching

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女 + 夭yāo
woman + die young
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A young woman was bewitched by a life in the spotlight and died young. OR If you are bewitched by the myth that a woman can do it all and all at once, you will die young.

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jiān
adultery

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女 + 干gān
woman + clothesline
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a woman commits adultery after flirting with the neighbor over the fence every time she is out hanging up her laundry OR 干 can be a vulgar word for sex

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shuǎ
mess around

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而 + 女
beard + woman
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She doesn’t mess around with beards; she wants a man with a clean-shaven face. OR Santa baby, hurry down the chimney tonight.

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xián
dislike

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女 + 兼jiān
woman + double
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She is disliked as a woman who leads a double life, cheating on her husband. OR dislike women being treated with a double standard compared to men

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jealous of

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女 + 户hù
woman + door
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I’m so jealous of her front door. It’s the house’s 1920’s original.

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tuǒ
appropriate

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爫 + 女
claw + woman
Character Notes

A claw clip is versatile enough for appropriate hairstyles for various occasions.

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yīn
in-law

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女 + 因yīn
woman + cause
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Because of marriage a woman becomes part of in-law relationships. OR Women are the cause of marriage. They want the stability of one man to help care for them and their children during child-rearing.

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take a wife

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取qǔ + 女
take + woman
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Hopefully when a man takes a woman to wife, he also takes her somewhere nice.

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mèi
flatter

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女 + 眉méi
woman + eyebrows
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He says the first time we met, I kept making eyebrows at him. I say, “Don’t flatter yourself.” OR You noticed my eyebrows? Wow, I’m flattered.

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méi
matchmaker

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女 + 某mǒu
woman + picnic basket
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matchmaker sets up a blind date, a picnic OR matchmaking service offers free picnic basket on first date

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wǎn
tactful

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女 + 宛wǎn
woman + Cabela's
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woman tactfully avoids spending all day at Cabela's

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nǎi
milk [n.]

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女 + 乃nǎi
woman + fist
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woman squeezes with fist and gets milk

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hǎo
good

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女 + 子
woman + child
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woman with her child is good

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ān
peaceful

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宀 + 女
house + woman
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a woman at peace when she is the only one at home

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yào
want [v.]

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西 + 女
Wild West + woman
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poster in the Wild West Wanted: Women” OR Western women want it all: family, career, etc.

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wēi
might [n.]

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一 + 女 + 戊
one + woman + cannon
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The might of a cannon blows one woman away. OR It takes one woman to show her might by standing up to the cannon

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be like

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女nǚ + 口
woman + mouth
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women talking about what it would be like if… OR ancient ritual where people walk out of a cave to symbolically represent rebirth, like coming out of a woman’s birth canal

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hūn
marriage

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女 + 昏hūn
woman + dusk
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woman joins another clan at dusk

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zhǐ
purpose

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匕 + 日
spoon/person sitting + day
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feeding the baby gave purpose to my days OR even if you sit at a desk every day, find your purpose

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easy

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日 + 勿
sun/day + knot
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sewing by the window, easier to tie knots with the sunlight OR It is easy to waste your day getting tied in knots over things out of your control.

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jiē
all

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比 + 白
compare + white
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housewives comparing their whites washed with All

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miào
wonderful

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女 + 少shǎo
woman + few
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praise a woman as wonderful, meaning those like her are few and far between OR Women are wonderful. Few would dispute that.

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hàn
sweat [n.]

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氵 + 干gān
water + dry/clothesline
Character Notes

dry the wet sweat from your workout clothes on the clothesline OR sweat as you hang the clothes out to dry

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zhuāng
put on makeup

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丬qiáng + 女
turtle + woman
Character Notes

small turtle shell holding a woman’s makeup OR some women take forever to put on makeup, as slow as a turtle

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jiāo
attractive

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女 + 乔qiáo
woman + pretend
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There is no need for a woman to pretend; she’s already attractive as she is. OR attractive woman pretending to not be as smart as she is

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xìng
surname

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女 + 生shēng
woman + life/seed
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a Chinese woman keeps her surname, but her seed takes her husband's

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nanny

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女 + 母mǔ
woman + mother
Character Notes

a nanny is a woman who helps the mother

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wife

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十 + 肀 + 女
needle + rake + woman
Character Notes

qualifications for a good housewife: sewing and gardening OR a "ten-rake wife" that brings so many skills and tools into the marriage

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jiē
welcome [v.]

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扌 + 立 + 女
hand + stand up + woman
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to welcome: reach out hand and stand up when a woman comes in the room OR a woman standing at the school gate welcoming her kids with a hug

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newborn

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女 + 圭
woman + bricks
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carrying a newborn can feel to a woman like carrying around bricks

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yùn
iron [v.]

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尉 + 火
martyr + fire
Character Notes

martyr mother fires the iron for years to keep Dad looking good OR so many options for a career woman to avoid being the martyr at home ironing: wrinkle-free fabrics, dry cleaners, housekeepers

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fáng
hinder

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女 + 方fāng
woman + compass
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some women (me) are hindered in their compass skills OR thoughts of a woman can hinder a man’s sense of direction

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dān
assume

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扌 + 旦dàn
hand + daybreak
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Every morning stretch hands up at daybreak and assume responsibilities. OR Use hand to turn off the alarm and assume your responsibilities

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wàng
absurd [adj.]

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亡wáng + 女
deceased + woman
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a lot of ideas about women are absurd and should "decease" OR her fear is looking absurd in her coffin

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sǎo
sweep

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扌 + 彐
hand + broom
Character Notes

use hand to sweep with a broom

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slave [n.]

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女 + 又
woman + right hand
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woman uses her right hand to slave away OR woman chained by her right hand on her way to slavery

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married woman

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女 + 彐
woman + broom
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married woman with a broom

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夫 fū husband

shǐ
commence

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女 + 台
woman + stage
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woman on the stage commencing the women's march

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yīng
baby

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贝 + 贝 + 女
2 shells + woman
Character Notes

Two 宝贝 (bǎobèi babies) is all a woman’s body can handle. OR So many women I know are having babies with IVF. It’s expensive.

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wěi
committee

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禾 + 女
grain + woman
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a committee about whole grains made up of women

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yàn
banquet

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宀 + 日 + 女
house + day + woman
Character Notes

for a banquet, it takes a woman all day to prepare the house

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shí
reality

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宀 + 头
house + head/bust
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reality is they keep his real head in the house as a memorial OR What is the reality about who is head of the house?

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姿

looks [n.]

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次cì + 女
next + woman
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“next, next, next” man passing over women who don’t meet his idea of good looks OR We’re moving on to the next era of female looks, where there is a celebration of many different looks.

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