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female

1. of, relating to, or designating the sex producing gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
2. (of reproductive organs such as the ovary and carpel) capable of producing female gametes
3. (of gametes such as the ovum) capable of being fertilized by a male gamete in sexual reproduction
4. (of flowers) lacking, or having nonfunctional, stamens
5. Engineering having an internal cavity into which a projecting male counterpart can be fitted

female

[′fē‚māl]
(botany)
A flower lacking stamens.
(zoology)
An individual that bears young or produces eggs.
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It is simply that maleness and femaleness are conceptually specified by men and women's basic physical potential--not moral obligation or psychological need but radical physical potential (100)--to advance together an interest of any society.
Females within this space do not wish to be men, rather it can be assumed that they acknowledge their femaleness (in terms of a gendered identification) in addition to destabilising the very conditions that this gender identification is founded upon, namely the historical, cultural and political categorisations of behaviour and performance.
Diana thus finally serves to complete and even certify the nobility of Marcellus's choice at the same time that she demonstrates her own spiritual attunement and capacity, an unusual affirmation of the ability of femaleness to respond appropriately and meaningfully to spiritual imperative and even to supply means that their male counterparts lack.
He was always amused and fascinated by female femaleness, I think, a real woman appreciator.
By denying their femaleness, women inhibit the very characteristics that make them natural leaders: the ability to listen, to empathise, do many things at once, and the facility for developing personal relationships with co-workers.
The Oonagh of young adulthood, the one Thorstad fell in love with and for whom he still carries a torch, makes the most memorable turn, despite such treacly descriptions as the following: "Even so, [Thorstad] was never for a moment unaware of the subtle energy in her every move and every spoken line as genteel Gillian Tripp, of the radiant beauty and unreserved femaleness that issued from her whether she was her exuberant self on the sidelines or the dainty central character on stage.
Wrapping her body tightly and wearing her papi's buckskin coat, carrying his rifle and the knife that killed him, she ran, hiding her femaleness and looking for the men who had started the blood feud: a man named Rove, who called himself a colonel, and her cousin Jedidiah Jones, who had always put Michaela down.
There are, however, contradicting results concerning sex ratios and the expression of maleness and femaleness in other Arcidae.
These women prove false the myth that motherhood is the ultimate signifier of femaleness, femininity and personhood for a woman.
Tucker's summaries of doctrine are generally succinct and correct, their bases well explained, and their connections to other doctrines and underlying assumptions about maleness and femaleness elucidated.
Stewart focus on female spiritual cults where contact between male participants and a female spirit and/or objects symbolic of femaleness will restore lost fertility to both land and humans; and Gilbert Herdt considers the inclusion of both real women and spiritual female figures in the initiation rituals of the Sambia.
Gender identity consists of a complex system of beliefs about the subjective self in relation to masculinity and femininity, maleness and femaleness, and culturally prescribed roles assigned to those categories.