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Femininity or feminity?[edit]

All my whole life I was always saying feminity and I rarely hear others saying femininity. In fact, I always thought femininity was wrong and when I saw it used on Wikipedia it came as a surprise. I yahooed and googled about this and I found sources say the word feminity is older and very rare. yet, this seems to counter my experience. Perhaps we should find more sources about the words femininity and feminity and have some information in the article about the uses of these words? Sofia Lucifairy (talk) 09:46, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

The article is correct that it's much less common than "Femininity" in standard usage. Look at the title of Susan Brownmiller's book. AnonMoos (talk) 14:50, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Ok thanks! :) Sofia Lucifairy (talk) 02:46, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

Photo[edit]

Young woman in orange Tanga-Bikini on the beach.jpg

What do editors think about the recent addition of this photo to an article about femininity? It might be accompanied by a comment stating this is a commercial presentation of a modern, Western, idealized femininity. Liz Read! Talk! 22:06, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for questioning this photo. To me, it seems like self promotion from the photographer or promotion of Cattolica, Italy, unrelated to the discussion in the article. Wikipedia:Spam The other images chosen to represent femininity in this article went through numerous edit wars and had to be backed up by reliable sources. This photo needs the same scrutiny, or at least a source. USchick (talk) 03:31, 18 May 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, USchick. Any other comments from editors? Or should it just be removed? Liz Read! Talk! 21:50, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
Just remove it. There's no way we can have one photo that illustrates the ideal feminine for the whole world. Plus, it's possibly spam anyway. Kaldari (talk) 00:38, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
Great, thank you!!! USchick (talk) 00:39, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Julia Serano WP:DUE[edit]

I'm not disputing the inclusion of Serano's views or the transfeminist perspective just that this articleis far too heavily reliant on Serano's point of view. There are other transfeminists[1]. More diversity couldn't hurt--Cailil talk 12:49, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

The statement I see as extremely relevant is: "interpreting women's interest in aesthetics as intended solely to entice or attract men." It balances out the POV in the Men's View section about waist-to-hip ratio as a feminine trait. I had a long discussion with Dave, the original editor of that section who insisted that being feminine is something women do in order to attract men. These two ideas are at odds with each other and need further discussion. If the original editor of the Serano section is still active, it would be interesting to have their input on the rest. USchick (talk) 17:45, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Remove Horatio Alger?[edit]

In 1876, Horatio Alger, Jr. proclaimed women of Cape Cod as the ideal feminine beauty.[57] Specifically, because they were blond, tan, physically fit and educated. << I removed this text from the article with an edit summary that said something like "who cares" and got reverted by another editor who suggested it be discussed on the talk page. Therefore: Horatio Alger, Jr. is of course himself notable, but on this topic he has no special expertise. If nobody objects I'll take out the two sentences again in a week or so. Thanks Sue Gardner (talk) 18:32, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

There's a huge difficulty in establishing what exactly is considered "feminine," so when a reliable author provides a description, it's very valuable. His expertise is in describing the human condition of his time and culture. He is certainly a lot more qualified to have an opinion than Marjorie Rosen. USchick (talk) 18:54, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Article needs a thorough overhaul[edit]

This article has been improving quite a bit recently, but it is still pretty bad, and IMO needs a thorough overhaul.

I haven't yet started to think through what exactly that would look like, but I am guessing it would probably include a restructure, a greater historical emphasis, and a more systematic/comprehensive global view. I think that possibly the current sections about men's/feminist/trans* views would want to be integrated into the main body of the article. Probably the Communist section (which I think I wrote most of) is too detailed for an overview article, and would want to be shortened/summarized here, maybe with the bulk of the text and citations moved into a separate article.

I will probably work towards improving this article over the next few weeks, and would be happy to have other people contributing as well, either by critiquing the current article or actively editing it. When I start thinking about how to restructure it, my first step would likely be to look at articles on similar broad global cultural topics to see how they are structured -- so if anyone has suggestions for good models, I'd love if you would leave them here. (When I think of the types of topics that might be comparable from a structure standpoint, I think about topics such as "childhood," "leisure" or "social class," although I haven't checked to see if our actual articles on those topics are any good.) I'm also going to start looking for more detailed subset articles (like, femininity in [X country] type stuff) to see if they contain useful material. Thanks Sue Gardner (talk) 18:56, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Historically, the idea of femininity went from the original "she who suckles" (not at all sexual) to something extremely sexualized, and this phenomenon happened fairly quickly. I would love to be able to explain this transition in the article, but I don't know how. Are there any reliable opinions in this regard? p.s. If you think this article is crappy, see what you think about Masculinity. I don't have the nerves to go there. USchick (talk) 19:29, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
The main problem with the article in my view is that it does not make it clear that femininity is prescriptive, not descriptive. There is very little sociological analysis in the article, although femininity is frequently analyzed and discussed in sociology textbooks. Kaldari (talk) 06:16, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
In my opinion, this article is leaning way too much toward the Western idea of what is feminine with statements like "women are socialized to present themselves as precious, ornamental and fragile." Just because a writer claims something, doesn't mean it's true all over the world. That statement contradicts the information in the Communist section, where women were not conditioned, but they went looking for cosmetics and lingerie on their own. Fragile and ornamental women are only found in developed nations where labor is no longer valued. There are just as many, if not more women doing hard work. [2] I think we need to reach consensus about a vision and direction for this article. USchick (talk) 07:17, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
Here's what I find very interesting. While the modern Western idea of a feminine woman is weak, in Ancient Rome, the feminine was much more powerful, where a single naked woman was strong enough to stop a hailstorm and chase away enemies. Anasyrma#Apotropaic effect of nakedness In Iran, Barbie doll is a threat to their way of life [3] and "more dangerous than a nuclear weapon." (This quote was sourced in the article previously, but then deleted as irrelevant.) A comparison like that around the world is what I'd like to see. USchick (talk) 08:19, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
Meanwhile in the news..... a proposed ban on high heels in Russia is not getting much traction. [4] USchick (talk) 18:31, 20 June 2014 (UTC)