Difficult women  

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If Sylvia Plath contends that "every woman adores a fascist," (from her poem "Daddy") it is equally true that every man adores a femme fatale, bad girl or difficult woman. The archetypical difficult women in world literature are Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina.

Purportedly, during the Salem Witch Trials the term 'difficult women' was used to identify women targeted to be burned at the stake and for confiscation of their property by the church.

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