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[[caption-width-right:280:For royal ladies[[labelnote:**]]such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabiola_of_Belgium Queen Fabiola of Belgium]][[/labelnote]], there is nothing wrong with looking {{pretty|in mink}} and [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry elegant]].]]

->"I stand for poofy dresses, flowers, ribbons, and all that is girlie!"
-->--'''Wedding Peach:''', ''WebVideo/WeddingPeachAbridged''

While "feminine" simply means "any attribute associated with women", culturally, the term also means the traits that are ''expected'' of women to perform and have, encompassing things like beauty, grace, elegance, and good social manners. Unfortunately, the latter often involves things like demureness and timidness, which has also led to women being expected to be weak-willed and fragile, while bringing rejection and ridicule to those women who fail (or [[TomBoy refuse]]) to comply.

And, of course, some women [[ExploitedTrope take advantage of these associations]].

Regardless of the exact form (such as whether one is "girly", "lady-like", or "matronly"), these are the tropes about femininity.

Contrast {{Tomboy}}, MasculinityTropes.
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Related:
+ AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits
+ TheBeautifulTropes
+ DressesGownsAndSkirts
+ GirlyGirl
+ MagicalGirlTropes
+ TheMakeover
+ PrincessTropes
+ PurityPersonified
+ RuleOfGlamorous
+ RuleOfRomantic
+ WomenAreDelicate
]
!!Tropes
[[index]]
* AllGirlsLikePonies
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn (the first is feminine)
* TheChick (a character in a team with traits considered feminine)
* ClassyCatBurglar
* CoyGirlishFlirtPose
* DaintyLittleBalletDancers
* DamselInDistress
* EnglishRose
* EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy
* TheFashionista
* FemmeFatale (femininity used for sinister purposes)
* FemmeFataleSpy
* FeminineWomenCanCook
* FemininityFailure
* FilleFatale
* FlowerInHerHair
* FragileFlower
* GirlinessUpgrade
* GirlishPigtails
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals
* GirlyBruiser
* GirlyGirlWithATomboyStreak
* GirlsLoveChocolate
* GirlySkirtTwirl
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple
* GrandeDame
* HairDecorations (since they are to show that the wearer is feminine)
* HarpOfFemininity
* HeartBeatDown
* HighClassCallGirl (being feminine is part of the job)
* {{Housewife}}
* InnocentFlowerGirl
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery (in that the lady still dresses in fine feminine clothes)
* KindlyHousekeeper
* TheLadysFavour
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine
* LipstickAndLoadMontage
* LipstickLesbian (being a lesbian doesn't mean a woman can't still be feminine)
* LongHairIsFeminine
* MamaBear (when protecting her kids, it's okay to loosen femininity requirements)
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy
* MegaTwintails
* MenAreStrongWomenArePretty
* NaginatasAreFeminine
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon (be [[RealWomenDontWearDresses feminine]] or don't get the male LoveInterest)
* OjouRinglets
* ParasolOfPrettiness
* PinkHeroine
* PinkMeansFeminine
* PrincessClassic
* PrincessPhase
* ProperLady
* RealMenWearPink ([[SubvertedTrope subverts]] the notion that anything feminine ruins masculinity)
* RealWomenDontWearDresses (femininity treated as something that signifies a weak character)
* RegalRinglets
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan (one man has feminine traits)
* SheCleansUpNicely
* SheFu
* ShyBlueHairedGirl
* SilkHidingSteel
* SouthernBelle
* SpiritedYoungLady (femininity as wholly compatible with empowerment and independence)
* TextileWorkIsFeminine
* TheThreeFacesOfEve
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak
* TownGirls (the femme one)
* TrueBlueFemininity
* VanityIsFeminine
* VasquezAlwaysDies (masculine women are expendable)
* YamatoNadeshiko
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