Crone: (n) a withered, witchlike old woman.
An obsession with attributing certain characteristics to either the male or the female is one of the surest ways to showcase misogyny.
It’s not bad enough that we believe that women like gardening and nurturing things, whereas men are hunters and gatherers. The fact that there are thousands—perhaps millions—of examples to the contrary does not seem to deter people from “genderizing” activities.
For instance, for years hurricanes were designated by only using women’s names because “they’re so unpredictable.”
Of course, we grew out of this because we know that men are just as unpredictable as women.
But when it comes to the word “crone,” we are pretty sure that such a disfigured, frustrated, bitchy and aggravated person could only have breasts and a vagina.
After all, we’ve never seen old men who are nasty, backbiting gossipers, who can’t find a good word to say about anything.
Although Charles Dickens did give us that great crone with Ebenezer Scrooge.
Do you think it would have been even more popular if it had been Abigail Scrooge?
Then we could have eased the common misconception of the masses—that vitriol is normally passed along by the chicks.