Femininity Essays

  • Femininity

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    The New Femininity Femininity is not a word that we are encouraged to use these days. A lot of people would argue that femininity is the thing that keeps women obedient to men. However, there is a hidden assumption behind this term. The assumption is that masculinity is superior to femininity; that femininity is not a beautiful and powerful thing in its own right. I believe that women have something men do not have. Women have special qualities that belong to them as women, and they do not intend

  • Femininity Essay

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    or how they portray femininity. As a westernized culture, we see femininity in the way a woman portrays herself or more specifically how she displays her body. When you critically start to examine this form of femininity, or what it means to embody femininity, we start to understand that there is more than one factor effecting women. This is called cultural reproduction of femininity, essentially it is how society creates specific cultural factors that determine the femininity in women.

  • The Myth Of Femininity

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    Yes, femininity is a myth in our society. From the dawn of modern society we have been constructing the myth of femininity. A woman is always taken for granted to be the beast of burden, essentially altruistic and she will accept every harm you inflict upon her and also ready to forgive you. Very clever huh! Let’s try to chalk out some points. Women are selfless Just as some women are loving and selfless it is very much wrong to assume that altruism is a part and parcel of femininity. Not all women

  • Society and Femininity

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    Society and Femininity: Triumph of the Human Spirit Very few novels in American Literature can earn the title of timeless. These novels transcend the ages, because they possess a greater meaning. Their stories teach people about life, the glory of the human soul, and all it can endure to overcome. Three novels in particular get to the very heart of feminine struggle. Though they touch not on women’s struggle to vote, they reach the higher plain of women’s struggle to be seen as who they are

  • Examples Of Femininity In Antigone

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    Definitions of Masculinity and Femininity in Antigone “We must defend the men who live by law, never let some woman triumph over us,” Creon in Sophocles’s Antigone proclaims to his son (757-58). Masculinity, from ancient Greece to modern times, has been a concept which is earned and can easily be taken away. This belief raised the idea that femininity is the force that rips up the bounds of manhood. But this misconception that womanhood has led men to suppress those who show femininity and embrace it. But in

  • Femininity in Homer’s Iliad

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    Femininity in Homer’s Iliad In Homer’s Iliad, predominant feminine presence inspires the events of the poem and the destinies of the men involved. This feminine presence is not a product of the actions and decisions of the women in the poem, but rather a conceptual, creative feminine force without which the poem and even human life would not exist. Homer personifies this presence in nature and maintains it through the voice of the Muse, his inspiration. There is a deeper essence of a feminine

  • The Pros And Cons Of Femininity

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    Media representation of what being feminine is can be persuasive and potentially harmful. Femininity and masculinity are spectrums, not categories that people simply fall into. However, this is how a lot of our media, stemming from the cultural norms of American culture, portrays them. They are cut and dry, simple definitions, and easy to recognize. Though since these ideals are only a representation of a small population of the public, this can become harmful when individuals feel as if they are

  • Theme Of Femininity In The Howards End

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    In the novel Howards End, femininity transcends gender, and becomes a spirit rather than a gender trait. The feminine spirit incorporates love for all of humanity, and encourages self-denial and detachment from material possessions. Ruth Wilcox is the embodiment of this spirit in that her self-denial not only allows her to transcend dimensional categorization, but the difference between the sexes; Ruth Wilcox is seen as a spirit ruling over the lives of the characters throughout the novel, even after

  • Femininity against Masculinity in A White Heron

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    presents a conflict between femininity and masculinity by juxtaposing Sylvia, who has a peaceful life in country, to a hunter from town, which implies her discontent with the modernization?s threat to the nature. Different from female and male which can describe animals, femininity and masculinity are personal and human. That is femininity refers to qualities and behaviors associated with women and girls and masculinity is manly character, it specifically describes men. Femininity has traditionally included

  • Images of Masculinity and Femininity in Shakespeare's Macbeth

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    Images of Masculinity and Femininity in Macbeth Lady Macbeth does not have the traditional role of ‘mother’, ‘daughter’, or ‘wife’ but ‘partner’. Macbeth’s letter refers to her as: ‘My dearest partner in greatness..’ I (v) In spite of his military culture, Macbeth perceives Lady Macbeth as an equal, it would seem in all things; his political life, his career, his personal life; i.e. she is his significant other. Noticeably the emphasis is on ‘him’. Lady Macbeth lacks status of her own, as did

  • Virginia Scharff's Femininity and the Electric Car

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    Scharff's "Femininity and the Electric Car" In "Femininity and the Electric Car," Virginia Scharff examines the electric car, its history, and the targeted customers at which it was aimed. Five hundred electric cars were produced by the Pope Manufacturing Company in 1897. According to Scharff, this was after Colonel Albert A. Pope, the president of that company, decided not to concentrate "on noisy or smelly gasoline-powered cars, but instead, on clean, quiet electric vehicles." ("Femininity and

  • Representations Of Masculinity And Femininity In Miguel Street

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    Representations of Masculinity and Femininity in Miguel Street It has been said about V.S. Naipaul's novel Miguel Street that "One of the recurrent themes... is the ideal of manliness" (Kelly 19). To help put into focus what manliness is, it is important to establish a definition for masculinity as well as its opposite, femininity. Masculinity is defined as "Having qualities regarded as characteristic of men and boys, as strength, vigor, boldness, etc" while femininity is defined as "Having qualities

  • The Pros And Cons Of Femininity In The North American Society

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    What is considered femininity in today’s such diverse and cultural society? There are various depictions throughout the world of what being feminine is. Contemporary femininity in the North American society is described by Shaw in the textbook, “...includes soft, passive, domestic, nurturing…dependent, sensitive, as well as delicate, intuitive…needy, fearful and so forth,” and these adjectives describe what femininity is considered to be (Shaw 116). This shows that women are expected by society to

  • Defining Masculinity and Femininity: The Yin and Yang of Gender

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    genders. Devor did not really go into this sort of unification between the genders through their differences, but he very well could have. The relationship between the two genders involving masculinity and femininity is much like that of yin and yang. The characteristics of masculinity and femininity are complete opposites, yet instead of causing a hierarchy, can attract and complement each other through their differences to create a harmonious unity between the two genders. Works Cited Devor, Aaron

  • The Role of Femininity in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear

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    The Role of Femininity in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear similarly experience an "unhooking" (Tompkins) in the eponymous plays. These tragic figures struggle with internal and external femininity: after realizing their emotions and labeling them feminine, they identify women as the source of this negative femininity. Their inability to deal with the female gender in any form destabilizes their masculinity, causing an unhooking/unlatching within them

  • Masculinity, Femininity and Simone Benmussa’s Singular Life of Albert Nobbs

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    Masculinity, Femininity and Simone Benmussa’s Singular Life of Albert Nobbs The semiotics of traditional theatrical form reinforce an oppressive patriarchal system. The physical body becomes the catalyst by which gender is assigned and expected. This emphasis on the body is amplified in the theater. Simone Benmussa’s play The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs, adapted from the short story by George Moore, deals with issues of femininity and masculinity and how these are portrayed within the theater

  • Femininity and Gender Roles in Films The Graduate and The Last Picture Show

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    Society has set certain standards that women are supposed to follow. The most common image of women is that they are very passive and try to avoid conflict in any situation. More and more in society women are breaking down the social barriers that confine them to their specific roles. The movies The Graduate and The Last Picture Show reveal to viewers a side to females that is very nontraditional. These two movies help to show how women are rebelling against sexual social norms, and they are taking

  • Wilkie Collins’ The Woman In White: 19th Century Victorian femininity exposed through the accounts of multiple narrators

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    Wilkie Collins’ The Woman In White: 19th Century Victorian femininity exposed through the accounts of multiple narrators Readers of nineteenth century British literature imagine typical Victorian women to be flighty, emotionally charged, and fully dependent on the men in their lives. One envisions a corseted woman who is a dutiful wife, pleasant entertainer, and always the model of etiquette. Wilkie Collins acknowledges this stereotype in his novel The Woman in White, but he contradicts this

  • Social Media And Body Image

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    conversation. I have been able to gain insight on issues from two different perspectives giving me a better understanding on how people are affected by the topics I have chosen as my focus.In this semesters Gender Studies class discussion about virginity, femininity, and body image stood out the most because it influences everyday life. Getting the opportunity to ask to close friends what they felt about these topics was fascinating. When first thinking about my questions, I was asking basic questions that

  • Tamora And Lavinia's Role Of Women In 'Titus Andronicus'

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    There are only two female characters in the entire play Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare. These two women, Tamora and Lavinia, seem to be complete opposites. Tamora appears to give up her femininity in the name of revenge and power, while Lavinia’s femininity and value as a woman is taken from her. Tamora has power outside of men, but Lavinia only has power when men aid her. The play portrays Tamora as a sensual strong being, whereas Lavinia encompasses the more traditional virtuous, passive