Poetry in Context: Saghi Ghahraman

What is “femininity”? Does “femininity” refer to qualities and behaviors inherent in women? Or does it refer to a set of mannerisms and attributes judged by a particular culture and age to be ideally associated with women/girls? Traditionally, women have been “respected” for their ability to procreate, and are considered nurturing and domestic. Within that mindset, the female body is thought to be less capable than the male body; therefore the “natural” occupation for women is thought to be marriage and motherhood. 53