Farmer's daughter (character)

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Millais's "The Farmer's Daughter"
The 1976 pornographic film The Farmer's Daughters plays off of the sexual aspects of the term

The farmer's daughter is a term for a stock character and stereotype in fiction for the daughter of a farmer, who is often portrayed as a desirable and naive young woman. She is described as being an "open-air type" and "public-spirited", who will tend to marry a hero and settle down.[1][2]

The character also forms the basis for a series of jokes, known as farmer's daughter jokes, which tend to be sexual in nature and focus on acts of promiscuity. The plot usually involves the seduction of the daughter by another stock character, the peddler.[3][4]


  1. ^ Wood, Robin (2006), Howard Hawks, Wayne State University Press, p. 30, ISBN 978-0-8143-3276-4 
  2. ^ Marie-Luise Kohlke; Luisa Orza (22 October 2008). Negotiating sexual idioms: image, text, performance. Rodopi. ISBN 978-90-420-2491-5. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Allen, O. Wesley (2000), Reading the Synoptic Gospels: basic methods for interpreting Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Chalice Press, pp. 57–58, ISBN 978-0-8272-3219-8 
  4. ^ Legman, G. (2006), Rationale of the Dirty Joke: An Analysis of Sexual Humor, Volume 1 (reprint ed.), Simon and Schuster, p. 99, ISBN 978-0-7432-9252-8