"without shoes and stockings," Old English bærfot; see bare (adj.) + foot (n.). Similar compounds in other Germanic languages.
The parody of sexist attitudes or culture expressed by the phrase barefoot and pregnant dates to 1943; as barefooted and pregnant attested from at least 1938, in Arthur Hertzler's best-selling "Horse and Buggy Doctor," about his life as a country doctor in Kansas: "Some vulgar person has said that when the wife is kept barefooted and pregnant there are no divorces."
updated on October 03, 2022
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