Masculinity And Femininity

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In this essay, masculinity and femininity is discussed, as well as the understanding of masculinity within femininity. According to the English Dictionary, femininity is the quality of being female, and it is the quality of womanliness. And masculinity is the possession of qualities traditionally associated with men. Female genitalia represents femininity, although, femininity can be represented through body language and personal preference. And the same goes for masculinity. One can choose to be more feminine or masculine simply through carrying yourself in a certain way or adopting specific traits and characteristics of the chosen and desired quality. Some people are more masculine than others, regardless of whether they are male or female,…show more content…
Reading ‘masculinity within femininity’ makes one automatically think of a homosexual female, also known as a lesbian. This is because we have associated masculinity with males, and femininity with females. So, it makes sense that if masculinity were to be present within femininity, it would be obvious that the female is being manly. This is most commonly seen in lesbian relationships. It is often that when two woman share a partnership or a loving and physical relationship, one or even both females tend to be more masculine than what is classified as normal. This is not in every case, but it is the most common representation of when masculinity is present within femininity. Sometimes, the female isn't feminine at all, and can easily be mistaken as a male, but because of her sex, she is still regarded to have the quality of femininity, regardless of how masculine she…show more content…
Music is essentially a form of art, and it can be composed by either females or males. So, the interesting part is how masculinity within femininity would be expressed through music of all things. A good example is a female rap artist. The art form known as ‘rapping’ is a very new way of composing song for females and women. It is generally known to be a male way of expressionism, but since the early 2000s female rappers have expanded worldwide and it is now more acceptable that they too can compose music in that specific way. However, due to rapping originating from males, when a female does it, it isn't classified as ‘ladylike’ and can be seen as masculine and unfeminine. Just because the rapper is female doesn't mean she's not in touch with her feminine side, or more in touch with her masculine side, she simply prefers to vocalise differently. The reason this is seen as masculinity within femininity is because older generations and some younger ones too are more conservative and society hasn't made people use to it for it to be classified as ‘normal’. In conclusion, there are various ways in which masculinity within femininity is portrayed as well as interpreted. It is up to the viewer to decipher what is regarded
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