“Our goal is that the children will grow up without feeling bitter.”
Marisela Ortiz, activist, Juarez, Mexico


Hens cannot cackle in a compound where there are cocks.

A girl’s pride is in a man’s house.

A woman is like a chameleon, she ever changes, just as a chameleon changes colors.

Eating with a woman is like eating with a witch.


Women, like gongs, should be beaten regularly.

Good horses and bad horses need the spurs, good women and old women need the whip.

A woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the harder you beat them, the better they be.

Love well, whip well.


He loves you, he beats you.                       

He beats you, he loves you.                     

Don’t wash your dirty laundry in public.

The woman is the neck and the man is the head.

Turn to the left and he’ll beat you, turn to the right and he’ll beat you.


If you break a girl’s rib she’ll grow 40 new ones.

Kill the cat on your wedding night.

Being beaten by the man you love is like eating raisins.


My husband only beats me normally.

Married woman, broken bones.


A man's honour rests between the legs of his woman.

A woman is a man's footwear.

If your own hen was good, she would not lay eggs in a stranger's home.

A woman's place is in the home.

South Africa

A woman’s grave is with her parents-in-law.

The man is the head, the woman is the neck.

…. breaking a girls’ legs
……forcing the gate before you’ve been given the key … 

A man is like a pumpkin – he spreads his seed. A woman is like a turnip – she grows from inside.

A village which is led by a woman will have problems.



It’s the rooster who crows.

Eastern winds and a woman’s scolding begin with a storm and end with a soaking.

A woman’s place is between the fist and the oven.

You beat the one you love.

It takes two to start a fight.

“Father over mother, mother over me and me over the cat,” said the boy.

Don’t walk between the bark and the tree.

A man with a beautiful wife needs more than two eyes.

If you’ve taken the devil on board you must row him ashore.

Steer your horse with a bridle and your woman with a whip.

Woman takes her light from man as the moon from the sun.

The truth lies, as usual, somewhere in between.

Boys are like cows looking for mushrooms. 

Beware the front of a woman and the back of a horse.

When your ring’s on her finger her pussy’s all yours.

The tail of a salmon and the words of a girl are the slipperiest things on the planet.

As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.

If you don’t like the heat stay out of the kitchen. / If you play with fire you get burned.


Someone who loves does not kill.

You don’t put a spoon between a man and a woman.


A pair of breasts has more pulling power than a hundred carriages.

Never give women and thieves an opportunity 

Someone who loves you will make you cry.

Look after your chickens, the rooster is on the loose.

A good woman has neither eyes nor ears.

Women and dogs are the only animals that earn their keep with caresses.

Beautiful women and good horses are destroyed by idiots.

Never touch a woman, not even with a rose petal.

Women and guitars belong to the man who plays them.