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- n. The characteristic of being female.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being female.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the properties characteristic of the female sex
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That women have, on average, behaved differently than men doesn't necessarily mean any one woman's femaleness is the reason why.
Starbuck's [flaws] flow directly from [her] femaleness, which is why I feel that they represent stereotypes.
• She's defined by her sex, reduced entirely to her femaleness, which is, after all, simply not-maleness
And the other side to that coin is the "don't be controlled by your 'femaleness'" culture.
Being overly simplistic, one is the "embrace your 'femaleness'" culture, which celebrates women as powerful beings and proto-goddesses - when they don't deny their own bodies, that is.
Or, it ties into the "hide your true 'femaleness' and show a male-defined femininity" culture of waxing, shaving, toning, tanning endorsed by the mainstream.
In her article, Dreaming of a Pink Christmas, Ball considers how toys are "still unbelievably segregated along strict gender lines" to the extent that 'femaleness' is seen as "humiliating for boys."
Not to mention the fact that to my understanding, queer theory complicated the idea of monolithic "femaleness" years ago... why are we still walking around acting like second-wave feminists, here?
Possibly, Professor Vendler; skimming, has mixed up this idea with another, which runs throughout the book from Egypt on: I make a sharp distinction between the normally synonymous terms "femaleness" and "femininity."
I began to feel wretched about my loss of the centre of my "femaleness", I felt suddenly very old, and everyone warned me I would definitely get fat!
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