“Male femininity”. I reckon there are a few connotations one may read into that phrase.
This is what it means to me (yes, it is a thing): I use the word “transfeminine” because I feel it suits me best. You see, there’s no denying that it’s a male body, much to my chagrin. I don’t think I’m fooling anyone, nor do I especially try to. And yet, I regard myself as woman, and see many commonalities with women. Numerous experiences over the course of a life have led me to believe that women see these commonalities also. This is just what comes naturally to me, whereas being a man (as per society’s belief in such a thing) did not. I exuberantly renounce that. And so, I attire myself as woman, adorn myself with some jewelry & scent, a bit of makeup, and lately my new thing is to roll sans breastforms and with natural hair. My natural hair is running pretty thin nowadays, but I can pull it all up on top of my head, clip some colored extensions in there & curl it, and it does ok. All of this is to say that, I can only work with what I have to work with. Despite this most unfortunately male body, there are things I can do to suggest or convey femininity. It arises from this base instinct I seem to have, wherein I find fulfillment in feeling pretty (whether or not I actually am is in the eye of the beholder lol) and the goal is to tell people, without words: this is who I am inside, I will not make sense to you if you regard me as a man so please regard me as a woman.
Lol hopefully all that made some sense!
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Araminta, do you see this as similar to ‘athenising’?