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effeminate

[ifem′init]
Etymology: L, effeminare, to make womanish
womanly or female in physical and mental characteristics, regardless of biological sex.

effeminate

adjective Referring to a feminine appearance and/or behaviour, especially of or by a man.

effeminate

(ĕ-fĕm′-ĭ-năt)
1. Pert. to a male who has the appearance or mannerisms traditionally considered feminine.
2. Excessively soft, delicate, or self-indulgent.
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They said I would not be qualified to communicate scientific contents to students because they said my voice was effeminate.
Rather than arguing for a male femininity (paralleling Judith Halberstam's concept of female masculinity), the idea of effeminate masculinity as "soft masculinity" implies that even males who oppose the dominant masculine paradigm remain inherently masculine because of their sex.
Who would have thought it - poor Mick looking effeminate.
BEIRUT: Iraqi militias are reportedly killing and torturing Aagay or effeminate men in a climate of impunity and even collusion with the Iraqi security services, a leading international rights group said in Beirut on Monday.
Second, by natural disposition, less persevering through frailty of temperament, and this is where Thomas compares men with women and also mentions the homosexual act of sodomy and the receiver in this act as being effeminate or like a woman.
And here's how the hook became embedded: Two numbers later, swishy and effeminate Mark (Ryan J.
Other insightful analyses involve the honor of faites (bullies) and the effeminate image of rateros (petty thieves), in addition to the intolerance and abuse of vagrants and lower-class men whom authorities found it convenient to classify as vagrants.
To me, masculinity is the ability to flirt with the effeminate.
It makes no sense to try to make it into an attack on all behaviors that may be considered effeminate, whether in fact they actually are.
1) Additionally, scholarship often describes the courtiers as effeminate or fearing effeminacy because there are women in the court society, and specifically in Urbino, these women are invested with authority.
He had a beautiful voice--somewhat effeminate, but in a good way, a trait shared by many reggae artists of that era.
Measuring conservatism along three axes: (1) politics--gay conservatives repudiate the gay movement's affiliation with the left; (2) gender--gay conservatives seek to rescue gays from their association with "gender deviance" namely, from effeminate men and mannish women (although lesbians are hardly mentioned at all in any of their work) and finally, (3) sexual license--urging gay men in their writing to restrain their erotic behavior.