fem·​i·​nin·​i·​ty | \ ˌfe-mə-ˈni-nə-tē How to pronounce femininity (audio) \

Definition of femininity

1 : the quality or nature of the female sex

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For centuries, the correlation between straight, long hair and femininity have been tightly bound, but now there seems to be a slow, yet necessary, shift in mainstream beauty standards. Teryn Payne, Teen Vogue, "Nappily Ever After Celebrates the Natural Beauty of Black Women," 21 Sep. 2018 Society thinks of masculinity as associated with hair, and femininity as associated with being hairless. Allure, "7 Women and Femmes Pose for Beautiful Portraits of Their Arm Hair," 9 May 2018 In this series of paintings, Longevial explores visions of femininity and womanhood by zeroing in on the facial expressions of women. Mary Dellas, The Cut, "The Instagram-Famous Painter Exploring Femininity Through Facial Expressions," 19 Mar. 2018 Goth represented a kind of glamour that appealed to me, a powerful kind of Morticia Adams glamour that didn’t adhere to traditional forms of femininity… even at its most femme, goth isn’t sweet or precious or meek. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "10 Goths of Color on Their Beauty Routines and the Power of Representation," 22 May 2019 While that can certainly be the case, the antiquated belief that long hair is the ultimate symbol of femininity couldn't be more true. Glamour, "33 Celebrity Pixie Cuts That’ll Make You Want Short Hair," 17 Apr. 2019 Women are expected to perform femininity and feminism at once. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "‘I Feel Pretty’ and the Rise of Beauty-Standard Denialism," 23 Apr. 2018 Savage X Fenty, by contrast, was an unapologetic celebration of femininity. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week Show Celebrated Women," 13 Sep. 2018 The article presented outdated views on femininity and beauty but didn't challenge them. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Why This Article Body Shaming Serena Williams Has Twitter Raging," 14 July 2015

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First Known Use of femininity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of femininity was in the 14th century

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fem·​i·​nin·​i·​ty | \ ˌfem-ə-ˈnin-ət-ē How to pronounce femininity (audio) \
plural femininities

Medical Definition of femininity

: the quality or nature of the female sex

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