fallen woman

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fallen woman

dated A woman who has lost respect because of engaging in premarital sex. Many cultures still consider females who engage in sex before they are married as fallen women and advise men against becoming involved with them.
See also: fallen, woman
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You know to me all women are divided into two classes...at least no...truer to say: there are women and there are...I've never seen exquisite fallen beings, and I never shall see them, but such creatures as that painted Frenchwoman at the counter with the ringlets are vermin to my mind, and all fallen women are the same."
I have a loathing for fallen women. You're afraid of spiders, and I of these vermin.
Subscribers were informed that it had been decided to extend the shelter and the training of the institution (thus far devoted to fallen women alone) so as to include destitute and helpless children found wandering in the streets.
BETHANY Home housed "fallen women" including unmarried mothers - but it was run by the Protestant Church of Ireland rather than the Catholic Church.
Ireland has thousands of now-adult adoptees who were taken at birth from their mothers, who had been forced to live and work in laundries and other programs for "fallen women."
THE stories of Huddersfield's unmarried and pregnant 'fallen women' are to be uncovered in a summer-long project at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
Baltakmens depicts a filthy, unpredictable, densely populated society where transported convicts mix with sailors and "fallen women." Descriptions have a dreamlike quality, as though seen through antique glass: a woman is "too bright, fatally bright, for her skirts were on fire, a river of flame in the dark."
During the performance the audience will discover the names of the Scottish women targeted as witches, hear tales of the girls who survived the Magdalene institution for 'fallen women', explore the 1976 'Strikers in Saris' protest and much more.
Synopsis: In "Unveiling Desire: Fallen Women in Literature, Culture, and Films of the East, academicians Devaleena Das (a lecturer in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Colette Morrow (an Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, Northwest in Hammond, Indiana) show that the duality of the fallen/saved woman is as prevalent in Eastern culture as it is in the West, specifically in literature and films.
Fallen Women, Disease, and the Moral Strength of the British Empire" (21-38)
In the spooky yet funny opening show, they investigate the murder of a nun in one of the notorious Magdalene laundries, where so-called fallen women worked.
Instead of evolving, representations of fallen women persist in casting judgment against women who have sex outside of marriage, rendering them social outcasts and emblems of sexual immorality.
Many women from different social classes now worked or travelled alone in the city, and new, rapidly changing styles of fashion meant that both respectable and fallen women wore make-up and modish dresses.
The author has organized the main body of her text in eight chapters devoted to religious science fiction, women as saviors, angels and prophets, fallen women, and a wide variety of other related subjects.
The sex work movement attempted to transform sex workers' identity from that of 'fallen women' to that of 'ordinary worker'.