cherchez la femme


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cherchez la femme

This French phrase that translates as “look for a woman,” originated with the elder Alexandre Dumas in his novel The Mohicans of Paris. Its meaning is that unusual male behavior can often be traced to involvement with a female. For example, countless generations of adolescent boys who never paid attention to their wardrobe or personal grooming suddenly became interested in clothing fashions. They washed their face and combed their hair without being told to, and spent hours chatting on the telephone (now a computer or handheld device) with the classic teenage boy's dreamy/dopey look on their face. Their parents would regard the phenomenon with a knowing and bemused expression as they told each other, “cherchez la femme.”
See also: femme, la
References in classic literature ?
Cherchez la femme," Mr Vladimir deigned to interrupt, unbending, but without affability; there was, on the contrary, a touch of grimness in his condescension.
Before the split they turned out three albums and a number one dance hit with Cherchez La Femme.
Kid says he has been working on a musical, to be called Cherchez La Femme, for the past seven years.
Ranging from Tim Bavington's retro-formalist striped painting Step (In) Out (2007) to Carrie Jenkins's wryly fanciful watercolors Cherchez la Femme (2007) and The Burnet Rose (2005), the only thing Beaux Arts about these UNLV graduates is both the scale of their work and their indifference to obsolescence.
And a summary of the Cherchez la femme workshop by one of the event's speakers examines the challenges faced by women in minority francophone communities in their roles as health-care consumers, workers and volunteers.
But if you are still cherchez la femme then pair boyish trousers with feminine tops and wedge heels and platforms
Shortly afterwards, their first song Cherchez La Femme (Look For The Woman) went straight to number one in the US charts.
Forming the Savannah Band, they shot to the top of the charts with their hit Cherchez La Femme and then moved to California.
Planned in collaboration with the Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne (AFFC) [Alliance of francophone Canadian women], the Cherchez la femme workshop was the first of its kind in Canada and speakers had set their sights high.
Fault, Lies, and Faultlines * Katastrophe * Cherchez La Femme
Cherchez la femme is the best advice, given this kind of genre - she is bound to be the villain, especially if she is in a wheelchair and apparently incapable of villainy.