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femininity

the characteristics associated with the female sex. The historical (often masculinist) study of femininity documents feminine identity linked to passivity nurturing, co-operation, gentleness and relation to motherhood, with an emphasis upon the relegation of women to the private sphere, the sphere of domesticity Feminists and sociologists have challenged the stereotypes relating to ‘femininity’, ‘feminine identity’ and the binary categories man/mind, woman/nature which dominate many conceptions of sexual difference, including the reduction of sociocultural processes to biological givens. For French feminist theorists (e.g. CIXOUS, KRISTEVA) ‘feminine’ is an arbitrary category given to woman's appearance or behaviour by patriarchy For Sue Lees (Sugar and Spice: Sexuality and Adolescent Girls, 1993), changing the social constructions of masculinity and femininity will mean a fundamental shift in our conceptions of femininity and MASCULINITY within the context of dominant conceptions of rationality and morality
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Femininity

Belphoebe
perfect maidenhood; epithet of Elizabeth I. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Darnel, Aurelia
personification of femininity. [Br. Lit.: Sir Launcelot Greaves]
Miss America
winner of beauty contest; femininity high among virtues desired. [Am. Hist.: Payton, 445]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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t-test for Equality of Means Group M SD t df masculinity Gay 5.32 .77 2.30 (*) 81 Male 5.68 .62 feminity Gay 5.72 .68 1.53 81 Male 5.55 .69 androgyny Gay 5.39 .82 .76 81 Male 5.52 .66 permissiveness Gay 3.72 .92 2.5 (*) 81 Male 3.19 .92 sexualpr Gay 1.88 .58 2.12 (*) 81 Male 2.12 .43 communion Gay 1.75 .69 5.03 (**) 81 Male 2.78 1.11 instrumentality Gay 3.14 1.12 2.68 (*) 81 Male 2.55 .86 ISS Gay 25.85 12.48 4.42 (**) 81 Male 37.39 11.28 (*) p<.05, (**) p<.01 Table 2A: Gay Group.
Vision and Difference: Feminity, Feminism, and the Histories of Art.
Women experienced higher positive spillover because they were higher in feminity. Women managers did not experience different levels of conflict than men, individuals who scored higher on measured family role salience, which was positively related to feminity, experienced lower conflict.
(1978) 'Working Class Girls and the Culture of Feminity', In Women's Study Group, Women Take Issue: Aspects of Women Subordination.
Virility or feminity are myths, visions, differently elaborated by various cultures.
Inspired by the great painting masters, the new heroine of Chakra's collection radiates fresh poetic feminity and offers the perfect balance between luxury and art.
The Igbo culture emphasizes the weakness of feminity and the benefits of masculine behaviors and through gender stratification of their culture they ensure continuation of patriarchy (Onyeizugbo, 2006; 2010).
Reading McReynolds's cases across decades, one senses a shift, especially after the revolution of 1905, from emphasizing female perpetrators such as Volokhova to emphasizing the feminity of male murderers, driven by pathologies rather than reason or rationality.
(14) One of the most important female director is undoubtedly Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, a generation colleague with Kiarostami and Makhmalbaf, who created another realism than that of the two male directors, focused on women's condition and feminity. She starts with documentary movies about social reality, then continues with features.
For instance, menstruation may be perceived as a sign of feminity, fertility, youth or purification of the body, yet at the same time it is also linked with vulnerability and social taboos.