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Feminine Quotes

We’ve collected the best Feminine Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Evan Dando, David Deida, Shamir, Marianne Williamson, Arca. Use them as an inspiration.

When there are no women on the tour it can get awful and uglyconstant horrible jokes and gross behaviour. It needs to be leavened with a feminine presence.
Masculine and feminine aspects exist in all beings.
David Deida
I wear menswear all the time. I don’t do anything to make myself look more feminine. I naturally look and am more feminine.
In all the great religious systems, there are divine beings who represent the feminine face of the divine.
It’s not about living my life as a boy or a girl – but I’m also not trans – it’s just that one day, you wake up feeling masculine, and one day, you wake up feeling feminine. The flickering in between those two states is what’s most fertile for me.
If smart phones had been around for women in the 1950s, ‘The Feminine Mystique’ might never have been written. The depression and ennui of housewives would have been blunted by Pinterest and Facebook.
It makes me laugh when I hear a guy talking about being in touch with his feminine side. But I gravitate towards women; I identify with them. And I do cry very easily, more and more as I get older.
We’re girls and we’re feminine so it naturally comes into the music but at the same time we intentionally put beauty and females and also Japanese culture J-pop into the music so it creates unique music.
I like my ladies lady-ish, feminine so to speak. I love jeans and hoodies, but the idea of being an ultimate tomboy does slightly confuse me.
I want young people to see me and think you can be feminine and smart and successful, all at the same time.
I wanted to do something a little bit more feminine after my second movie, ‘Joshy,’ which was so masculine.
I seem to be getting a lot of things pushed my way that are strong women. It’s like people see Hackers and they send me offers to play tough women with guns, the kind who wear no bra and a little tank top. I’d like to play strong women who are also very feminine.
Women don’t want an overly feminine vehicle – they want to feel secure.
Franz von Holzhausen
I think we need the feminine qualities of leadership, which include attention to aesthetics and the environment, nurturing, affection, intuition and the qualities that make people feel safe and cared for.
I feel a terrifically painful disturbance in the natural law of things between men and women that must be balanced in the next few thousand years. What has been done in the name of holding up masculine energy as God and feminine energy as subservient has really wiped out everything.
Although, you know it’s been really nice to wear the Olympic kit, I’m looking forward to wearing non-sports, feminine clothes.
There’s always been something about Jeffrey Tambor, not only as an actor but as a person, where his ability to embody a sort of very dignified feminine way of being just – this was just very clear to me.
We are very luck to be women, so even if we’re wearing trousers, I always wear them with some lace underwear or a very feminine bra – I like that.
My publisher, who was so good as a taster and editor, when she became a writer, lo and behold, it was all this feminine tosh.
I like being feminine, it’s my way of not conforming to the stereotype that if you’re a racing driver you don’t care how you look.
I believe and support the feminist movement, but I am not generally interested in considering women’s rights in relation to equality with men, or in a competition with men, but rather within their own rights and feminine space.
Shirin Neshat
Nothing is either all masculine or all feminine except having sex.
It’s kind of hard to retain the feminine. I have so much respect for the feminine, but it’s actually something I have to work for.
I’ve always leaned toward a feminine, funky style, even in business settings. I used to paint my nails blue in 1993, before it was mainstream.
I had always been pegged for being feminine. People would always say, ‘Ooh, that’s a pretty little girl.’ They would talk about my eyelashes or that I was sensitive or that I was crying all the time. I didn’t want to play in the dirt outside with the boys.
I love the idea of the ‘vignette,’ which is associated with the decorative, illustrative, small, and thus with the feminine, and thus easily maligned. I mean, Emily Dickinson wrote vignettes, right?
What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
The most mysterious feminine factor, the existence that we men, we don’t know. It’s woman. It’s feminine. That’s what the sword is about. That’s the symbolic meaning of the sword.
I think my style is a mix of quirky, eclectic, bright, and fun, with a really sophisticated feminine silhouette.
If I ever feel like I don’t know what to do next, I always think about WWJD, like ‘what would J-Lo do,’ ’cause J-Lo for me is like the epitome of feminine sensuality, mixed with show stopping beauty.
I’ve turned 30 now and, although there will always be a bit of the rock chick in me, I’m trying to embrace my softer and more feminine side. And I am trying really hard to be healthy.
Russian women like to be feminine. Even if it’s minus-10 degrees and snowing, a Russian woman will still be in her stilettos.
The great majority of men are attracted to feminine women who do not possess the body type of Michael Phelps. Beyonce is desired not because of her ‘diabolical femininity,’ but simply because of her femininity.
I want to try a feminine style but mix it up with sexy or hip-hop elements.
I love the feel of good quality Italian black lace that feels delicate and really feminine.
Nicole Trunfio
It’s interesting to play a female character who’s not ever using feminine wiles to get things done.
The feminist revolution has tied writers into knots when it comes to the third-person singular pronoun. Using the masculine pronoun as the default has been proscribed. Some male writers get around this problem by defaulting to the feminine singular pronoun, which I think is icky.
The role that I played in ‘Gaana Bajaana’ was that of a tomboyish girl who identified with the guys. There was nothing feminine about her.
If you’re told to ‘Man up,’ you’re essentially being told that being feminine is lesser.
She was deeply passionate about the sacred feminine.
We have this weird beauty standard where women, like, shouldn’t grow: what we think is feminine is often what is also pre-pubescent.
I identify with women more than men. I guess I have a strong feminine side.
I don’t think there’s anything cliche feminine about Jane Austen. And, anyway, her earliest champions were Sir Walter Scott and the Prince Regent.
I don’t know why I’ve always been uncomfortable being too feminine. If a dress has too many flowers on it, if I’m giggling too much, I’m like ugh, put some combat boots on. I love masculine women. I think it’s because I’m like a fake lesbian, I don’t know.
Moon Bloodgood
I’m real strong, and I’m also real feminine, and I don’t find a struggle having those two things under one roof.
If you list the qualities that we consider feminine, they are patience, understanding, empathy, supportiveness, a desire to nurture. Our culture tells us those are feminine traits, but they’re really just human.
I thought to be feminine was to give in to straight culture, or the beauty standard, but in my heart I had a flair for fashion and style. They were passions I kept secret because I didn’t understand I could love clothes and hair and makeup and still like girls.
A tall woman can be just as feminine as a petite woman.
Within a culture possessed by the myth of feminine evil, the naming, describing, and theorizing about good and evil has constituted a maze/haze of deception. The journey of women becoming is breaking through this maze – springing into free space, which is an a-mazing process.
Mary Daly
All leaders, male or female, innately possess feminine qualities like empathy, candor and vulnerability – the difference lies in which leaders choose to suppress those qualities, and which choose to leverage them as strengths.
John Gerzema
I like a woman that’s capable and at the same time feminine. I admire tomboy qualities but with a feminine touch.
I really try to balance my feminine and masculine energy when I write.
I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.
I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and covered in mud.
Purity is the feminine, truth the masculine of honor.
David Hare
A church without women would be like the apostolic college without Mary. The Madonna is more important than the apostles, and the church herself is feminine, the spouse of Christ and a mother.
I love to keep my hair long, and I think every lady should have long hair. After all, it looks so feminine and beautiful.
Old Hollywood icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh, and Bette Davis are so inspiring; their style is romantic and feminine and their glamour mesmerizing. I love the idea of channeling that spirit on your wedding day.
She doesn’t do the things heroines are supposed to. Which is rather Jane Austen’s point – Fanny is her subversive heroine. She is gentle and self-doubting and utterly feminine; and given the right circumstances, she would defy an army.
Maybe it’s the feminine side of me, but I like that AM radio pop.
Male writers don’t want to be judged in the room. They want to be able to scarf an entire bag of potato chips while cracking fart jokes and making lewd comments without fear of feminine disapproval. But we’re your co-workers, not your wives.
What you’re getting excited about is not A face, but a feminine face.
All women have appealing features. I do not refer to model-type appeal, but rather that which comes from your personality, your attitude, and your expressions. I urge you to enhance the natural, God-given, feminine gifts with which you have been so richly blessed.
Ever since I was little, I showed traits of both masculine and feminine energies. Androgyny was never something that I thought about or tried for.
Being feminine in the way you dress doesn’t have to compromise who you are as a woman or your career.
The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.
You can still be strong and be feminine.
Shannon Tweed
Precisely because I’m a man who is attracted to women, there may be some things that I have to say as a spectator of feminine grace that women themselves may not be able to see.
One thing Middle-earth is short on is the feminine.
There is a particular whir of agitation about female hunger, a low-level thrumming of shoulds and shouldn’ts and can’ts and wants that can be so chronic and familiar it becomes a kind of feminine Muzak, easy to dismiss, or to tune out altogether, even if you’re actively participating in it.
Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power.
William Moulton Marston
When I was growing up, there were very few women athletes. I remember watching Olga Corbett, but Peggy Fleming and Janet Lynn were my role models. I never dreamt that I could be at that level. I remember thinking they seemed so elegant and regal and powerful and feminine.
I think Picasso is more feminine than Matisse.
I know some people aspire to a ballerina‘s body, but I looked forward to feeling more feminine.
My favourite colours have always been ’60s Miami-inspired gold and peach – feminine but not too girlie.
I carry a lot of feminine energy as well as masculine energy, and that’s the hit that people are getting. That vulnerable thing is not what we assume with black males. You get it, and then they cease to become scary. They become human. You cease to have a bogeyman.
The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying millions of American women alive.
Betty Friedan
My pheromones and my chemistry and the way I walk – I am divine feminine energy.
I took great offence at a journalist who called me blokeish. I have always seen myself as metrosexual and in touch with my feminine side.
Angus Deayton
I think that the 21st century will be feminine, that it’s women who will, perhaps, find a way out for this world.
Brigitte Macron
I used to pray to God that I wouldn’t get breasts. Then in my teens, I tried to be quite feminine.
I’m just being myself, honestly. I know society puts it, Oh, this is masculine and this is feminine. I don’t put myself in categories.
I spend 70% of my time laughing. I don’t walk around all dark. I might take my photos like that because I’m not a clown. But I’m a really soft, feminine, gentle, normal guy.
I remember admiring my aunt‘s – my mom‘s sister‘s – fashion, which was very feminine and sexy, but always sophisticated.
There’s nothing I have more of in my closet than little white dresses. They’re versatile and elegant, but sexy in a feminine way. And then I’ll have a bit more fun with accessories – like a pair of neon sandals.
I tend to wear all black. I like feeling sexy, feminine, effortless, and real.
As a racing driver, you’re representing a brand and your appearance is part of your job. But there’s a fine line between being feminine and creating attention on yourself because of what you’re wearing.
I don’t have any huge desire to show you all that I’m not tough and strong, that I’m all feminine and soft. That’s not a huge longing that I have because I know who I am.
The cello is a hero because of its register – its tenor voice. It is a masculine instrument, whereas the violin is feminine because of its soprano pitch. When the cello enters in the Dvorak Concerto, it is like a great orator.
Drag is a little scary, especially for a gay man who’s not comfortable with his feminine side.
I was very worried about being unattractive because I think I look quite masculine. Sometimes I feel more masculine than feminine and I don’t like it.
Elizabeth Fraser
Art is feminine.
Some people think of feminine as just being pretty and quiet and sweet, but I also think being feminine is being angry and also being sexy and aggressive and passionate.
Tina Turner is someone that I admire, because she made her strength feminine and sexy. Marilyn Monroe, because she was a curvy woman. I’m drawn to things that have the same kind of silhouettes as what she wore because our bodies are similar.
In 1990, when they asked me to shoot a cover for ‘British Vogue‘ to convey my personal vision of a woman, I explained that I couldn’t just photograph one single girl, because what I was looking for was a new purpose, and new feminine determination.
Wagner is contrapuntal in a philosophical way as well as a musical way. What I mean by that is that every tendency has its opposite, and you see that in the man himself. He’s a metaphysical hermaphrodite – he embraces hard and soft, masculine and feminine.
I feel that I’m sort of playing me but more feminine, and to me more feminine means smarter.
Kevin McDonald
Drag can make you a little more fearless and I think girls especially love drag because they get to see somebody define their own standard of feminine beauty.
I’m really into kind of finding different masculine pieces and making them feminine. Like cool oxfords.
I had no interest in people telling me to be feminine, to be ladylike, to wear dresses – it just made me rebel completely.
I started off as an Australian model. I had so many knockbacks, having short hair and being rejected, and I always thought: I’m never gonna get to where I want to get unless I start looking more feminine.
In the early ’90s, all the girl groups were dressing super feminine. And then we came on the scene wearing Cross Colours, Girbaud, and Nautica.
I don’t think I would have been able to stick with it and been proud of who I am and be feminine out on the court. I think I would have folded to the peer pressure if I didn’t have my mom to encourage me to be me and be proud of how tall I am.
Lisa Leslie
I got kicked out of Catholic school, by the way, because I was too feminine. I was too feminine and I had a crush on this boy named Anthony and the nuns were not having it.
I think a woman gets more if she acts feminine.
I like to play around with style. Some days, I want to be a tomboy, and others, I want to be a bit more feminine.
Fashion does seem to have a ’20s comeback every few seasons, and I completely see why. It’s a very feminine look: the fabrics and the shapes are very pretty and distinctive.
My mother has always been very feminine, always in high-heeled shoes.
Rightly or wrongly, the Victorian considered that there were certain subjects which were not meet for inter-sexual discussion, just as they held that certain processes of the feminine toilet, like the powdering of the nose and the application of lipstick to the mouth, were (if done at all) better done in private.
E. F. Benson
I don’t feel like a very feminine woman sometimes. I feel manly. When I was in my twenties I would say I was a masculine girl and now I realise the whole idea of femaleness is a construct. I’m a boyish girl, who talks over people and I do a boyish job.
I love having short hair – that means I can wear big earrings and even dresses sometimes without me feeling too feminine.
Punk allowed women to stop looking feminine. Oh, the relief.
I focus on having a feminine body, a dancer‘s body. I do resistance and dance and cardio. I like hiking, swimming, being active. It clears your mind and it’s a good way to decompress.
I’m really super feminine, and I’m really soft. I’m very sensitive, I realized.
Intuition is a strong feminine quality.
My style icons are Lucille Ball for her bouffant hair and all the updos, James Dean for his rockabilly style – the denim and rolled-up T-shirt thing. And I am also inspired by Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani. Their style is retro, but it’s still very feminine at the same time.
I want to be as feminine and classic as possible.
Jessie Ware
At my degree show, someone said, ‘It’s nice, but it’s very feminine.’ I said, thank you, taking it as a compliment, but they obviously meant it as an insult.
I do tons of feminine things.
I always believe in pants. You can play with your legs, your attitude, with pants. It’s much more funny. It’s much more sophisticated. It’s much more arrogant, like a man with feminine attitude. I love pants.
People are thrown off by someone who looks feminine, but is also strong. It’s not that pretty girls aren’t smart, it’s that women aren’t strong.
A lot of people say I seem masculine, but I don’t feel it. I feel intrinsically feminine. I’d love to be one of the boys but I always felt a bit on the outside. Maybe my masculine qualities come from overcompensating because I’m not one of the boys.
I design for a feminine woman who appreciates art a lot, either as a profession or as a hobby.
Christian Cota
I’m pretty casual, but I’m starting to obsess a little bit; like, one of my favorite things to do is to pair really feminine accessories with edgier outfits or vice versa.
Kara Hayward
I’m pretty feminine.
It’s no secret I like to dress a bit sexy and body-conscious, and as soon as I was pregnant, it was like it was inappropriate to dress the way that I dress. And that really annoyed me. It’s a wrong message that dressing feminine and sexy and being a mother can’t go together.
The fact is external feminine beauty is highly valued, and we are constantly given the message that a slamming body is the most valuable thing a woman can possess.
I have very girly hands and I use them a lot when I talk in a way that I think is very feminine.
Men such as President Bill Clinton don’t have trouble showing a warmth which works for him, but women in power seem hesitant to use their feminine charm in a man’s world out of concern for appearing lightweight, manipulative, or needing to use it to make up for something that is lacking.
I definitely think men prefer women more undone and natural than butch and masculine. They prefer a fresher, sexier, more feminine look.
In an ideal world, I wouldn’t have to change my body. I wouldn’t have to do all this stuff. I wouldn’t have to be pretty or ‘feminine,’ and people would respect that.
Sometimes, when I’m doing an interview, my delivery or my take on a story may lean a little feminine, depending on the story, but it’s never intentional.
I think that you need to balance a critique of feminine, patriarchal beauty ideals while simultaneously understanding how they can make you safe, and they can make you feel safe, and they can open up certain doors for you that would have been closed.
The L. K. Bennett and Jenny Packham bride is confident, feminine, and fashion-forward.
A man will treat a woman almost exactly the way he treats his own interior feminine. In fact, he hasn’t the ability to see a woman, objectively speaking, until he has made some kind of peace with his interior woman.
Robert Johnson
The Lilac Rose Collection isn’t just about purple. It features dusty pinks and heather grays, which are more natural shades of purple and are perfect for creating a feminine smoky eye.
The dumber half of the audiencewhether they’re male or female, and a lot of them are male – for some reason responds very quickly to the feminine voice. How can I put it? They kind of instantly react to the female voice in a positive way quicker than they would the male voice.
While dancing you have to be feminine, and performing action requires you to be masculine.
Being strong can be also feminine. I don’t think feminine equals being weak. Being strong is very sexy.
It’s hard because I think I fall into this in-between space where there’s something that’s innately feminine about me, and there’s also something that’s kind of androgynous. I carry myself somewhere in between, and I think my music lends itself to that as well.
Richer brows give you a sophisticated, feminine look.
Our culture often demeans and devalues the work, the pleasures, and the contributions of women and feminine people. This is, in part, why beauty culture is dismissed as unimportant and frivolous.
I like men’s fragrances. Women’s are too feminine and sweet for me. I’ve got Terre d’Hermes, Bleu de Chanel and L’Occitane’s Citrus Verbena.
I have always loved tartans – such an ornamented type of weaving, so vivid in colour, and such a masculine aspect. But actually, I think tartans can be feminine or masculine.
The first feminine feature that goes, with advancing age, is the neck.
Women’s liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman.
Corita Kent
When I imagine feminine characters in my songs, they’re often bold, strong, passionate, militant, witty, sensual, dangerous. I see those characters as skillful witnesses, figures of change and awakening.
Contrary to myth, ‘The Feminine Mystique’ and feminism did not represent the beginning of the decline of the stay-at-home mother but a turning point that led to much stronger legal rights and ‘working conditions‘ for her.
Even though I’m just over 5’9”, heels make me feel feminine and fierce.
My mom told me to cover up my arms ever since I was little because I was muscular. She wanted me to be feminine, which did not come easy to me. My body was what it was, and I worked it to be a better tennis player.
Any woman who wishes to smash into the world of men isn’t very feminine.
Ida Lupino
The positive and negative poles of a battery create an electrical flow. The masculine and feminine poles between people create a flow of sexual energy in motion.
David Deida
I was 15 when I first read ‘The Feminine Mystique,’ locked in my bedroom, probably wearing black, groping for any ideas I could find on how not to become my mother.
If there were genders to genres, fiction would be unquestionably feminine.
William H. Gass
I read a lot when I was young. All the obvious, all the greats, from ‘Le Grand Meaulnes,’ ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Fear and Loathing,’ ‘Catcher in the Rye,’ ‘The Bell Jar,’ ‘The Female Eunuch,’ ‘Valley of the Dolls,’ ‘The Feminine Mystique,’ Tom Wolfe. Then, film took over for me. Film was so exciting in the ’70s.
Rouje is for a feminine woman who likes to look beautiful and be comfortable in her clothes, too. Simple pieces: feminine with a ’70s touch.
I hate men who are in touch with their feminine side.
It’s fascinating how much of our sense of attractiveness and feminine identity is bound up in our hair.
I try to wear a dress and heels when I want to make more of an effort and be a bit more feminine.
A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.
I think I was aware when I started doing stand-up, especially on my own, that, yeah, I’m getting up on stage, and I’m a woman, and I dress in a sort of typically feminine fashion.
Every day now, I discover something new. Go through phases in which I feel much more in touch with my feminine side in ways I never thought possible. I’m letting the woman inside of me speak, the desires of this woman, speak as loud as they can.
The demands of having to be ‘masculine’ are as damaging to men as the demands of having to be ‘feminine’ are to women. I wish we could all agree just to wash it all away. Begin again.
I really pride myself in being able to combine soft and hard characteristics. If I do a leather jacket, then it will be with a really pretty feminine blouse underneath.
Bridget Kelly
The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’
I’m not really one to go out in public in dresses too often. I definitely mix it up between masculine and feminine all the time, but wearing a dress goes a little bit too far.
I’d always thought hurricanes were romantic, with pretty feminine names like Celestine.
Mark Shand
Throughout my life, I’ve always been really close with girls and made friends with girls. And I’ve always been a really sickly, feminine person anyhow, so I thought I was gay for a while because I didn’t find any of the girls in my high school attractive at all.
I feel like dads should come more into their feminine side.
Caitlyn seems so much happier and freer in her feminine self.
I like very girly, retro inspired, feminine, floral things. I’m not very edgy.
Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram.
I’m more attracted to a stronger man rather than a feminine man. Someone who would just throw me down and take control. I love feeling helpless. I definitely like a man who is aggressive and confident.
The world is fixated on defining and redefining what is feminine. That is for every individual to decide for herself.
I don’t like permanency. I just like to slip and slide, and in identity, I think that’s a very feminine artist‘s point of view.
I’m an athlete, yes, but I’m also a woman. I’m someone who kind of, in a way, lost touch with that part of myself after I lost my legs, because there are certain feminine traits you lose when you have prosthetic legs.
I look at the feminine body as a piece of art.
For a long time when I was working to get a job and in OVW to create an image to get hired by WWE, they kept saying, ‘we’re looking for the next Trish Stratus. We want that look – that beautiful, feminine fitness model that kicks butt, and you just don’t fit the mold.’ That was holding me back for so long.
If women talk in ways expected of them or project a feminine demeanor, it’s seen as weak. But if they talk in ways associated with men or bosses, then they’re seen as too aggressive. Whatever they do violates one or the other expectation: either you’re not talking as you should as a woman or as boss.
Keeping a feminine approach is vital – men hate bossy females.
Ida Lupino
I didn’t find it that hard to channel the animalistic side of ‘The Woman’, I studied animals like apes and wolves, and researched how to throw off my feminine ways and just went out into the woods for a few days to learn how my body would feel if I had to do what she had to do.
Age brings a freedom. When you’re young, you’re much more subject to the idea of what feminine is or how you should look or how you should behave.
Fluted sleeves or any sleeve that flares out before coming in again at the wrist are very feminine and a great way to distract from the dreaded ‘bingo wings.’
I’m interested in asking: ‘What does feminine energy mean?’ I don’t have answers – I just have questions and interesting examples.
I really want to make clothes that are feminine and help women look beautiful.
Gianni Versace
I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and give me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it.
My approach to beauty is all about moods. If you want to feel sexy, if you want to feel feminine or, I don’t know, boyish – it’s all about how you feel at that point in time. My mood changes.
In the face of patriarchy, it is a brave act indeed for both men and women to embrace, rather than shame or attempt to eradicate, the feminine.
My style very much leans towards the masculine, but I think I am feminine in it – I like the feminine body in masculine shapes. The androgynous look suits me.
I grew up around a lot of feminine energy.
I hate the word ‘feminine!’ I mean, there is a woman and a man, and when I say ‘woman,’ it suggests all that is radiant, tender, fascinating, gentle, demoniac, exaggerated! ‘Feminine’ makes me think of somebody who is spindly and over-sweet – I don’t like that!
There’s something about Southern women that is so unique yet so universal. Strong southern women are allowed to be soft and feminine and have a sense of humor. But what I love about Southern women in particular is their universality.
As a singer, I’ve been criticized for sounding feminine. They say I don’t belong in any category, male or female, pop or jazz. But early on, I saw my suffering as my salvation.
I live in Paris, a city where you have a lot of stylish women, so I learned a lot by observing the women in the street. But my mother was always a big influence as well; she is always very feminine in high heels and perfectly cut dresses, with perfect makeup but never too much.
‘The Feminine Mystique’ goads me to gratitude that, thanks to forerunners like Betty Friedan, I’ve had the opportunity to pursue a career.
Enya is a very matriarchal musical force. Her music is very feminine and she layers her voice a lot. It leaks into my music secretly on the side. There’s a lot of lush layers of my voice hiding in the cracks.
When people show me clothing that seems very, very feminine, it’s hard for me to embrace that, because it just doesn’t feel like me.
I think a lot of people see fashion as a feminine art form and use that as an excuse to dismiss it. Highlighting it can be a way of affirming that women’s interests are of value.
I do not feel that some things are masculine and others are feminine.
Elvira Nabiullina
I’ve made an effort to nurture the feminine in myself. I don’t mean overtly, but in terms of response to things.
No one has ever seen me as feminine.
There is no more potent weapon in any profession than a woman with a feminine exterior and a will of steel, and I defy you to find one man who will disagree.
Maryanne Trump Barry
All my life I’ve always been so ashamed of being feminine.
I grew up as an athlete doing judo, so I didn’t really have a conventional, feminine body type.
I was quite… feminine. Not in my actions, in my ways. If one of my uncles had trouble at school, they’d go to that person and thump him. It’s all a man thing. They got sent off to boxing when they were kids. You live in a tough area, you get off to boxing. My auntie tried to do that to me. I lasted six minutes in boxing.
In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation.
I always felt like the male from the time I was a child. There wasn’t much feminine about me.
My whole life I’ve had people telling me that I look like a man, I’m not feminine, I’m too masculine, all that stuff.
My mother’s rules had to do with feminine deportment, so I never played hard enough to break a toy or muddy my dress. My father‘s rules had to do with never shaming the family by even a hint of scandal, and not providing business rivals with an opportunity to kidnap me or throw acid in my face.
I think, with my own daughters, rather than preaching a feminine agenda, I just really try to help them understand what it meant to be a woman in the late 20th century and the consciousness of how to be a woman in the 21st century: What is working for you and what is working against you.
Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.
Meek‘s Cutoff’ by Kelly Reichardt – it’s beautifully shot. It’s a complex story. The filmmaker gave a very patient and feminine touch to a story that takes place during a period of history that’s very masculine, without losing any of the unforgiving harshness of the reality where the characters found themselves in.
Because I’ve spent most of my life with such a beautiful, talented, challenging female, I feel I’ve gained – and am still gaining – a great deal of knowledge about the feminine mystique and about personal relationships – knowledge which is so important to a writer.
That’s one of the unintended consequences of the women’s liberation movement – that, in fact, the women that would lead this country would be feminine, they would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children.
You know, God, the power that makes life, whatever it is, had just to make two things, masculine and feminine, for all this mischief. And made them so there is this entirely different point of view about love and sex.
Beatrice Wood
I like looking feminine and I enjoy being a role model. I enjoy being a woman. It all comes down to having the confidence to be who you are.
Cathy Freeman
Every time I watch a Clint Eastwood film, I’m in touch with my feminine side, I’ve developed a searing man-crush on Clint Eastwood.
Growing up, I felt insecure about my build. I didn’t feel very feminine. But as time went on, I learned to completely embrace my body.
I love being Courtney, but it almost feels like something different to drag for me – it’s a part of me, it’s not a parody, it’s a form of expression for me, a way to give my feminine and masculine sides an outlet.
My personal style is a mixture of, like, girly, throwback, like retro ’50s pin-ups, floral, like hippies, like anything feminine, and like flirty.
I have classic and feminine taste. I’m definitely drawn to vintage-inspired and ladylike things. I like an accentuated waist, and a strong shoulder works well with my figure.
I think London, New York, Paris, Milan, any big city has its own fashion. I don’t know why they make such a big thing of Paris. I think maybe it comes from French New Wave films portraying the French girl as very feminine.
Never had he found himself so close to those terrible weapons of feminine artillery.
It’s very hard as a tall woman to remove your deliberately pronounced feminine aspects and look more masculine.
I try to create a style that reflects my music. So I would say it’s definitely got some ’90s elements, some pop elements that are a bit more feminine, and then more indie, androdgynous elements.
When I went into the conservatory at 17, then I was able to open up and accept everything about myself and show my feminine side as well as my masculine.
Mysteries are feminine; they like to veil themselves but still want to be seen and divined.
You know, you learned that very young in American culture that the feminine boys don’t do well. And yet, I had a dad who was a lieutenant colonel in the army. My dad was a man’s man, but he still adored me. And somehow in the midst of that, I still grew up hating the sissy in me.
I don’t talk about feelings, but I write a lot about feelings. Reading, that’s feminine; writing, that’s feminine. It is insane – it’s really insane – but it still is in me.
Women have taken on traditionally masculine roles and professions, and there is no real equivalent for men. Men are still extremely reluctant, as we all are reluctant to see them, take on traditionally feminine roles or professions. That is just not something that they do easily.
I think it’s now really feminine, jaunty-cool to carry a little clutch like you would a football.
I like Lita because she is very feminine but aggressive.
When I came to America, there were two kinds of women: women who looked serious and who didn’t wear color and print, and women who looked girly and feminine and like second wives.
I think, because you look around in Hollywood, and there are no ‘me’s. There’s nobody that’s as young as me, as black as me or as feminine as me. I think that’s the problem. Representation matters.
I am a liberated woman. And I do believe if a woman does equal work she should be paid equal money. But personally I am feminine and I do like male authority to lean on.
I love feminine soft shades for summers – I like pastels and bright hues, too. I like summer dresses and tank tops; I think they never go out of style. As much as I’m happy with Western wear for red carpet and social dos, I also like Indian ethnic wear for special occasions.
To sleep around is absolutely wrong for a woman; it’s degrading and it completely ruins her personality. Sooner or later it will destroy all that is feminine and beautiful and idealistic in her.
Barbara Cartland
‘Jism’ is what it is because of my feminine gaze… And I believe strongly that my female audiences deserve eye candy as much as my male audiences do!
Femininity in and of itself – and the feminine – can be not only privileged, but honored or worshipped.
It’s fun playing a more feminine part. I can identify more with a woman of passion and emotion than with a cartoon character. Who knows what a cartoon feels?
I don’t ever necessarily feel masculine or feminine. I just feel… I don’t know. Like, when I’m wearing women’s clothes, it’s not like I’m dressing like a lady, a woman; it’s just like I’m doing whatever I want.
I try to put out what I’m going to wear the night before. It just makes things a little bit more seamless in the mornings. There is definitely, you know, sort of a trusty work uniform – a chic, feminine dress that’s easy and versatile.