On Thu, 25 May 2000, Nik Taylor wrote:

>Christophe Grandsire wrote:
>> One of the
>> symbols of France is the cock (the animal of course :)) ) which is clearly
>> male, while the second (more related to the Republic but still very
>> important) is Marianne, a woman.
>We have the Statue of Liberty, a woman, but also Uncle Sam, a man, and
>the Bald Eagle, which, at least to me, seems masculine.

We also have (plain) Liberty, an anthropomorphic personification,
who used to show up on our money. Only one version was a fellow,
while all the rest were (generally scantily clad) women.

One thing I've been pondering while this thread has gone on:
I can't _ever_ recall referring to the USA or ever hearing it
referred to as either Motherland or Fatherland. Though both
are clearly part of the lexicon. The only times I've ever come
across the term (in the US) is in relation to Britain.


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