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Femininity

10 Reasons I'm Thankful For My Hysterectomy

Lisa Gastaldo | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Gastaldo

For decades, I bowed to the assumption that I was less of a woman because of my faulty reproductive organs. Even after our family was complete, I bought into the stigma that I would abandon my femininity if I had a hysterectomy.

The Problem With Pink

Ursula Burton | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Ursula Burton

When it comes to the pink craze for girls? Now we have a problem. As currently used in the marketing of everything from clothing to tools, pink is no longer simply a color -- it is the foundation of a constrained concept of femininity.

Stop Scrutinizing Female Athletes For the Wrong Reasons

Lori Day | Posted 07.16.2015 | Women
Lori Day

I am so sick of the scrutinizing of female athletes and whether or not they are feminine, whether they can be both feminine and athletic, and all the rest of that tired, sexist, clueless, despicable BS. Heads-up: Athleticism is not gendered.

Bad Ass and Owning It

Cynthia Kane | Posted 07.15.2015 | Women
Cynthia Kane

I will not blame myself or any other woman for giving into the fear. But I am going to celebrate every Serena, Bree, Malala, Janelle, Joanna and the countless other women who manage to point the way to out of the fear of being feminine while being who we are.

Part and Parcel: Nin Andrews

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Beauty leads to vulnerability, and beauty is most often seen as a feminine quality. These concepts are thoroughly, almost obviously embedded in our culture.

Men's Group: Finding My Manhood in a World of Skinny Jeans, Hipster Beards and David Beckham

Shaun Zaken | Posted 06.24.2015 | Comedy
Shaun Zaken

It's dark. Very dark. And I'm in the woods, surrounded by strange men with flashlights on their heads. I'm cold. Hungry. And really scared. A guy with neck tattoos is squinting at me. Please, God, don't let me piss him off.

Hyper-Masculinity, Twin Peaks, & Gendered Violence

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While is it common knowledge that dogs, in particular male dogs, urine scent mark their territories, human males often mark their territories in other forms more noxious and poisonous than urine.

3 Reasons All Feminists Should Support Animal Rights

Samita Sarkar | Posted 05.21.2015 | Women
Samita Sarkar

The belief that both men and women deserve equal rights (and by extension that all people do) is gaining acceptance worldwide. But it still hasn't translated into the way that we relate to other living beings.

The Strength in Femininity

Quarterlette | Posted 05.01.2015 | Women
Quarterlette

The truth is that you can be any kind of woman that you want to be and still be a strong woman. You do not have to sort through stereotypes and decide which one to put on each day. You can love Shrek, foster kittens, read Nicholas Sparks books and be a strong woman.

The Feminine Plural

Jonathan Hall | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Jonathan Hall

Today's women have little in common with the figure of the typical housewife who dominated the 80s. Yet, marketers seem to be struggling to adapt their discourse to these changes and translate this evolution into relevant and engaging communication that really speaks to women.

Dear Chivalry, Please Die (and Stay Dead!)

Toria Sheffield | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women
Toria Sheffield

I believe these seemingly harmless social norms serve to send a mixed -- and ultimately harmful -- message to men. When it comes down to it, how can we as women demand equal wages when we also expect to be paid for?

The Feminine Bodies Mainstream Media Doesn't Show Us

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.24.2015 | Women

A new series by New York photographer Jessica Yatrofsky is a gorgeous exploration of women's femininity. The "I Heart Girl," monograph, a follow-up...

Female Eco-Activists Are Not Dumb Sluts

Amanda Hessling | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
Amanda Hessling

Im not asking you to give up these stereotypes. If you did, you'd be lucky to make it through the next week alive. What I am asking of you is to, please, just be mindful of them.

The Intense Relationship Between Little Girls And The Color Pink

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts

To all the grown women reading this right now, take a moment to travel back in time, back to the days of time-outs, playgrounds and nap times. Was you...

These Masculine/Feminine Hybrids Show Gender Is Always More Complicated Than We Think

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.05.2015 | Arts

"From a young age I have been aware of both my female and male side," artist Daantje Bons told The Huffington Post. The Dutch photographer channels as...

Why I Can Change The World AND Wear A Pretty Dress

Nancy Roman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

Did you know that Amelia Earhart designed her own clothes? I can't tell you how much I am cheered by this fact.

The Importance of Loving Your Self

Osi Mizrahi | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Osi Mizrahi

Treat your self with kindness and love, and you will find that same kindness and love surrounding you. You will eventually notice the negative behavior occurring around you and choose to remove yourself from harmful relationships.

There's Strength in Softness: How Femininity Can Dictate the Rules in a Boy's Game

Maria X. Liu | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women
Maria X. Liu

We have to examine who's actually setting standards for what is an acceptable version of femininity. The patriarchy reaffirms this ideal of acceptable femininity to better conceptualize, understand, and control the fairer sex.

Feminine Power in Business

Kathrine Aspaas | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Kathrine Aspaas

The time has come. Old rules fall. New voices rise. We will use the F-word without shame. Without fear of being burnt on academic, economic and polit...

Becoming Travolta (Queer Fat Femmes in a World Without Role Models)

Kimberly Dark | Posted 11.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Kimberly Dark

It's not that I'm interested in being a guy, or taking on a romantic role other than my own, but Travolta is part of my adolescent history. He's really the only male actor I've imitated with any regularity -- and I became Travolta across a range of characters.

The Princess's New Clothes

Mical Darley | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Mical Darley

I want to be wary of making her embarrassed or ashamed of what she likes, especially if it seems girly. Because misogyny gets internalized. Because fantasy is the one game in which we all have autonomy. Because that unembarrassed power is a thing I want to preserve for my daughter.

What Women Want

Robin Koerner | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Feminism is about enabling women to have what they choose. But women choose to feel like women - to experience the delectable polarity of the female and the male, and that requires a culture that empowers, and celebrates, both.

Why Do Lesbians Often Like Masculine Women, Yet Have No Attraction to Men of Equal Masculinity/Femininity?

Quora | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Quora

Lesbians like women. Not "masculinity." As many different lesbians as there are, there are exactly that number of opinions on what they like in women.

These Are The Feminist Doilies You've Been Waiting For

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts

If you have -- like us -- been hiding in the depths of the Internet, waiting for that one artist to combine the politics of female hair with the delic...

What Is So Bad About Being Good?

Myisha Cherry | Posted 08.09.2014 | Women
Myisha Cherry

I am not arguing that we should throw away the very virtues that are found within the feminine and masculine categories. I say we should stop distinguishing between "masculine virtues" and "feminine virtues."