crooking the little finger?

Azure

Member
Chinese
"In depictions of female figures in early religious paintings, crooking the little finger is thought to indicate a high degree of sexual independence. The gesture was taken up by the members of the women's movement at the end of the 19th century, who crooked their little fingers while drinking from a teacup." -- Woman's Body by Miriam Stoppard

I'd like to clarify if "crooking the little finger" is a gesture like this:

http://www.sirimo.co.uk/media/model_with_attitude_4.jpg

I though this was a rather "sissy" gesture. How come it indicates sexual independence?
 
  • "In depictions of female figures in early religious paintings, crooking the little finger is thought to indicate a high degree of sexual independence. The gesture was taken up by the members of the women's movement at the end of the 19th century, who crooked their little fingers while drinking from a teacup." -- Woman's Body by Miriam Stoppard

    I'd like to clarify if "crooking the little finger" is a gesture like this:

    http://www.sirimo.co.uk/media/model_with_attitude_4.jpg

    I though this was a rather "sissy" gesture. How come it indicates sexual independence?


    Hello Azure,

    I would say it is more like this.

    http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2004/Mar-29-Mon-2004/photos/lifestyle1.jpg

    Personally I've never heard if it in relation to sexual independence. I appreciate looking at early religious paintings but have never looked into the meaning of a "crooked finger" depicted therein.

    My only knowledge is the tea-drinking connection.




    LRV
     

    RuK

    Senior Member
    English/lives France
    Crooking the little finger doesn't involve the mouth - you curl the little finger, holding it up in the air, while the other fingers and thumb are grouped together. People do it when they're drinking from a small tea-cup, as Miriam Stoppard says. (I'm having trouble finding an image). I think it might have been construed as a beckoning gesture. We're talking about paintings from the 1400s, right?
     

    petereid

    Senior Member
    english
    Watch it! .....I do that!

    It isn't an affectation it's just the way my hands work (actually just my right hand), it's just genetic, my sisters' do the same.
     

    Azure

    Member
    Chinese
    We're talking about paintings from the 1400s, right?
    This book didn't specify which period of time in the history it's talking about. But thanks for your explanation. I got the idea -- visually! (I didn't realize that the little finger would be held up in the air but thought it's crooking your little finger inward, which may cause the ring finger to bend as well.)
     
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