QotD on feminity

Many lesbians report having been tomboys in their youth, but so do the great majority of women who go on to be heterosexual. The process of transitioning from the condition in which a girl may play with boys, use her strong body in physical activities and give no thought to how she looks, to ‘femininity’ in which she must learn to walk in crippling shoes and constraining clothes and constantly paint and check her face to ensure that her mask is intact, is a harsh one and likely to cause… ‘self-consciousness and nerves’. Their mothers, girls’ and women’s magazines, and their friends, train them and there is much to learn… Girls have to practice femininity until it feels ‘natural’ in order to create ‘sexual difference’

Sheila Jeffreys, Beauty and Misogyny

(Found at the Bewilderness)

2 responses

  1. And depression. Don’t forget depression.

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