defeminization


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defeminization

[dē‚fem·ə·nə′zā·shən]
(physiology)
Loss or reduction of feminine attributes, usually caused by ovarian dysfunction or removal.
(psychology)
Psychic process involving a deep and permanent change in the character of a woman, resulting in a giving up of feminine feelings, and the assumption of masculine qualities.
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Sexual differentiation of the brain in cattle and swine appears to involve defeminization more than masculinization.
I think the Bride's defeminization went beyond the exciting and potentially troubling masculinity of the professional female impersonator; I think, in McIntyre's rendering, she was completely sexless.
Disadvantages include defeminization and potential incontinence.
Though its focus is on entertainment, GR is always circling more political issues: the defeminization of Asian action films, for example, or the stereotyping in the West of Asian women.
It is revealing that West has to go to such lengths of defeminization to establish credibility as a critic of social mores" (90).
defeminization and masculinization of female fish (Davis & Bortone, 1992), gastropods (Ellis & Pattisina, 1990), and birds (Fry & Toone, 1981); and
Gilbert speculates that the "sexual objectification and defeminization of Black women" makes them extremely easy targets for the incarceration mania.
Since these were almost always performed and presided over by women (and skills in this area were often passed on from mother to daughter), their loss becomes a part of the story of the increasing defeminization of Christian worship that has taken place during the last century" (p.
The character of Maria Concezione in La chiesa della solitudine is equally charged with images of an intentional defeminization.