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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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Similar ranges of values were observed for relative maleness (0 to 0.077; 0.019 [+ or -] 0.019) and relative femaleness (0 to 0.082; 0.018 [+ or -] 0.021), and the two were positively correlated (r = 0.390; P [less than] 0.01).
In particular, in this essay I wish to focus on the possibility that one significant explanatory paradigm for masochism in men, defined simply here as the seeking of pain, is that it is yet another acting out of male envy of and desire for femaleness.
This problem of Okonkwo's negative transvaluation of female strength and superiority in his mother's tale to weakness and inferiority, however, disappears once we place Okonkwo in the context and nexus of his society's moral economy and symbolic codes.(6) This is a historically and culturally constructed context; it is a precapitalist, pre-feudal social formation in which, as amply demonstrated in Ifi Amadiume's Male Daughters and Female Husbands, "maleness" or "femaleness," the category "man" or "woman," do not operate as rigidly divided, biologically literal or ontological entities.(7) And Achebe's realist integrity renders this structure felicitously.
As Catherine Edwards has shown in her recent Politics of Immorality In Ancient Rome (Cambridge, 1993) Roman political debate often focused on 'maleness' versus 'femaleness'.
As a result, some women argued that although they enjoyed wearing masculine suit jackets and ties, these should be combined with skirts to underline the wearer's femaleness. For others, though, only full masculine attire would suffice--as the self-identified transvestite E.K.
Every day becoming more aware of my femaleness. Notions of womanhood that were hidden by my previous anatomy.
"The absolute mystery of God, infinitely loving, beyond imagination, is reduced to the fantasy of an infinitely ruling man." But the usage of male imagery is also "debilitating to women's well-being, for it gives rise to the idea that maleness has more in common with God than femaleness does."
Through blocking transformer expression in a variety of different tissues in females, the researchers could specifically alter the "femaleness" or "maleness" of the pheromones, which in turn altered the patterns of aggressive behaviour encoded in the fly's brain.
Jacques also might, in any given show, sashay on out as a bewigged Brittney Spears or his latest foray into femaleness, Beyonce doing "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)."
"They are an important statement of her femaleness".
It's not a pretty picture of enlightened contempo femaleness, but no less believable than anything else in the film--including, in a bit of wishful thinking product placement, the sights of upscale New Yorkers drinking nothing but Budweiser and of a schoolteacher signing on for a deluxe wedding without even inquiring as to the cost.
Chapter topics include mate preferences, attraction and courtship, conflict and dissolution, problematic aspects of love, sex in beginning and established relationships, maleness and femaleness, and interpersonal belief systems.