I am translating a volume of poems from German into English and am having trouble translating the German word "dämlich" - which means stupid but comes from "Dame" meaning woman or dame.
I need a word in English that has the same connotations - femininity and a negative put-down.
Any ideas would be much appreciated!
In case anyone is wondering, it's not a sexist poem, quite the contrary. Here's where I will use the word:
The female decides whether a male is successful in the game of procreation, whether she is going to let him have a go. Those without success have compensated this with two words, autocratically calling it _______.