It is hard to comment in the affirmative without sounding like a chauvinist, which I most definitely am not. I have to agree with you though. I feel that as a society we have lost something by women abandoning femininity and trying to imitate the boys.<br />
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I see a lot of young women walk like truck drivers and lower their voice to a gravely kind of gargle; annoying as hell. Many don't take an interest in, much less a pride in, being feminine; giving the impression that they view femininity as something to be shunned. Like the guys who look like refugees from a hobo camp, a lot of girls dress like bums, walk like bums, and talk like tramps. By trying to be like the guys, they devalue who they are and what they have to offer to themselves and society. <br />
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I do see many young women who are graceful and take pride in their appearance. They seem to value what it is to be a woman. That is a good thing. (I think.)<br />
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All that said, I think the abandonment of femininity starts at home when the girl is very young. Pressured by not wanting to stereotype or limit their daughters, I think many parents have stopped emphasizing and teaching femininity to young girls. If she is not taught to value her femininity when young, she won't once she is an adult. That is unfortunate. I think the girls and society lose in the long run.

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Artifice makes no difference to femininity.<br />
Artifice is just fashions and taste preferences.<br />
The natural female body is what it is,<br />
and does what only it can do.

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I think EVERYBODY should be more feminine

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Yes ... yes ... and yes again. It's OK for people to do their own thing (even if *thousands* of the are actually doing the *same* thing) but it detracts from their natural appearance as far as *I* am concerned. It's a personal choice of answer, and (of course) it is also a personal question.<br />
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I knew a lady who looked stunning; absolutely, totally stunning. She owned a Health store and she knew so much about so many things regarding keeping in good health. If *ever* there was an advertisement to help a business, this lady *was* and advertisement and she 'practised what she preached' regarding issue of health. And then ... she closed the shop; she gave it up because of her marriage break up and I didn't see her again for a couple of years. Two years later ...<br />
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I heard the voice, recognised it and look for the face in the crowd, but couldn't see it. Then as she called out again, I saw her ... and I couldn't believe it. Her long, naturally dark, hair was a shade of blue, her lips red and her face whitened. Lots of other stuff, but (to me) she looked terrible. I ended up sitting with her a while and she could see I was shocked. But beneath what had changed, I could still see the stunning lady that I remembered. It ended up in me asking her why she had changed her outward appearance in such a dramatic way. I got the story, but it boiled down to her saying she was 'doing her own thing'. I accepted that, fair enough, but not without telling her that I thought she could look much, much better. Years passed by ...<br />
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Saw her again. A good few years on her face, but back to (dare I say?) 'normal'? She was just as stunning in her *years* We all change, we need to all admit this. But she looked lovely. She had remarried and we laughed about how I had last seen her and *she* laughed about that episode in her life which amused even her.<br />
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Sorry, what a ramble! Anyway ... It might enforce my opinion and I believe that *SOME* ladies should go back to basics. I might be slated for writing this, but I really *do* believe that some should.<br />
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I like that the definition of "feminine" has broadened to include more options, like being able to use one's own intelligence towards achieving desired goals and not being restricted to gender ba<x>sed hobbies, occupations, wage scales, etc. It's perfectly ok to choose a more traditional path for ONESELF, but I believe I can still be "feminine" without having to become someone else's visualization of a Stepford wife.

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But, see, the difference is I have no disrespect for women who are choosing traditional gender specific roles. I'm simply saying nowadays it IS a choice, and not fair to automatically label the alternative "unfeminine". True diversity has room for it all.

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Of course! But then again, that is my MALE bias!

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