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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.

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  • Starbuck's [flaws] flow directly from [her] femaleness, which is why I feel that they represent stereotypes.

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  • • She's defined by her sex, reduced entirely to her femaleness, which is, after all, simply not-maleness

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  • And the other side to that coin is the "don't be controlled by your 'femaleness'" culture.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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?

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  • 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."

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  • 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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