fem·​i·​nin·​i·​ty | \ ˌfe-mə-ˈni-nə-tē \

Definition of femininity

1 : the quality or nature of the female sex

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The franchise, especially its older films, has been criticized for promoting outdated notions of femininity and damsel-in-distress narratives in which only a man can save the day. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Beauty and the Backlash: Disney’s Modern Princess Problem," 17 Nov. 2018 Taintor takes mass market representations of femininity and inserts into them an ironic, knowing female voice. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "We buy each other gifts with misanthropic slogans to forge a common bond," 9 Nov. 2018 Yearning to be submissive, for example, might feel at odds with also rejecting the connection between femininity and docility. Inna Shnayder, Allure, "Why Porn-Industry Icon Erika Lust Is Inviting Female Directors to Make Their First Adult Films," 28 June 2018 In 20 minutes or less, filmmakers explored topics like post-partum depression, trans femininity, and the trials of motherhood for migrant workers. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "A Weekend for Female Directors in Brooklyn," 25 June 2018 Seventeen-year-old frontwoman Lydia Night is a force, unafraid to take on society’s preconceived notions of femininity and youth. Bobby Olivier, Billboard, "The 10 Bands You Need to Know About for This Year's Festival Season," 10 Apr. 2018 Women soon adopted the style, and in modern times heels became inextricably linked with femininity. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "Why Smart, Chic Women Are Abandoning High Heels (Forever)," 8 Nov. 2018 Transfeminity is femininity displayed by trans and gender non-conforming people. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon on why identity categories don't work — but stories do," 21 June 2018 The bakfiets is associated with femininity, but fathers also use it. Olga Mecking, The Atlantic, "‘Cargo-Bike Moms’ Are Gentrifying the Netherlands," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of femininity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fem·​i·​nin·​i·​ty | \ ˌfem-ə-ˈnin-ət-ē \
plural femininities

Medical Definition of femininity

: the quality or nature of the female sex

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