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Femininity is the traditional set of archetypes associated with women and girls, femininity by its very nature is a social construction, but is based off of a mixture of cultural and biological components.[1] This makes it distinct from the biological "female" sex, as both men and women can display so-called "feminine" features.[2]


Femininity is traditionally associated with traits such as empathy, compassion, and humility. While by itself femininity isn't a bad thing, the negative stereotypes that pop up with femininity include that feminine people are supposedly more submissive than so-called "masculine" people, and the traditional ideal of "femininity" has been associated with the oppressive role of the "house wife," and so feminine people are often culturally coerced to take jobs as, say, secretaries and teachers, if they are to be allowed jobs at all that is according to cultural norms. "Stay in the kitchen" is still very much in effect sadly.