The Farmer’s Daughter

I may not be smokin’ hot and wearing daisy dukes every day but I can change my tire in a pair of stilettos, bust my ass to get the impossible done, know where my food comes from, shoot a gun, and know which direction is north. I can cook a meal with three ingredients, I know what ordering a black Angus steak actually means and exactly what went into that rib eye. I can tell you what soybean aphids are, the difference between Canadian thistle and lambsquarters …I also appreciate dirt under someone’s fingernails. It means work to me. — Megan

The TV version of Little House on the Prairie’s Laura Ingalls Wilder was earnest and cutesy, but a little bit more real than another farmer’s daughter, Daisy Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard who appeared as a one-dimensional sexualized character. Modern Farmer describes the image of the farmer’s daughter as either wholesome or tempting as the “Laura-Daisy Complex” and talked to some real farmers’ daughters about what it was like for them growing up on a farm (beyond them being a male profession’s female relative).


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