The traditions of 'Courtly Love' that underlie traditional ideals of 'gentlemanly' behaviour (see Chivalry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) insist that women should be put on a pedestal and worshipped as pure and motherly and feminine. Modern women prefer to think of themselves as (potentially) having engine oil under their fingernails.
The two metaphors don't go together: they're 'like oil and water' (engine oil and a pedestal! ) - they don't mix.
Last edited by BobK; 10-Mar-2007 at 11:40.
Reason: Typo fixed