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Discovering femininity

What are some meanings about femininity?

‘Femininity’ is a familiar term. Conversations about being feminine are common in everyday life and many people use the word ‘feminine’ to describe themselves and others. They may equate femininity with being a woman who embodies characteristics like being nurturing, sensitive, demure, or sweet. But femininity cannot be understood as a fixed set of essential traits that characterise all women. As a scholarly concept, femininity can carry diverse meanings with numerous interpretations. When examined as a whole, individual expressions of femininity reveal distinct patterns. These themes become reinforced throughout different social institutions such as media, education, religion, sports, and the workforce.

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