One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘On the other hand, the ancient revulsion against emasculation, effeminacy, and males assuming, or forced into, the passive role of females is far less pervasive today.’
- ‘While the charge of effeminacy had been leveled at adult men for centuries, by the twentieth century the label was applied to little children.’
- ‘On the other hand, this over-investment in his appearance marks the king's continuing effeminacy.’
- ‘It is interesting that one of the biggest selling books of the summer noted, and advocated, this shift towards effeminacy.’
- ‘The merest hint of effeminacy is treated as treachery to masculinity, and traitors are subjected to the kinds of violence suffered by women.’
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