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Too brainy for mass-culture girlishness but still interpellated as feminine by popular and academic culture (see the recent withholding of Canada Excellence in Research Chairs from women: all nineteen "super CRCS" went to men), women are caught between the diabolical anxieties of being pretty enough and being smart enough.
The Permission": It sometimes happens that the girl/you labor to raise ceases, just slips out/of girlishness into her own generous is//She returns not as a result or reward,/not thankfully as good,/but golden and candid and only hers//As when my young daughter, passing me, in the basement's high underground,/pats my shoulder without word or want//Just this gesture, unscripted by the cuddle/play of daughters with dads as she rushes/to the always urgent someone or thing else - //Leaving me in that brief bright/somehow, glad that this life/can seem not as it is.
Her physical frailty, girlishness, and passive submission to others' wills combines with her mystical near-transcendence of her bodily form and her healing powers to produce a strange Christ figure.
Although thirty-two years of age when she left England, Patty affected an air of coy girlishness, a strategy Charles and Ellen encouraged.
I: Yeah, well it starts with that but it certainly hasn't ended with that, where you've got a sexuality and girlishness at the same time, which is creepy, on some levels, but on the other level it's .
Signature moves: Giddy girlishness and a Julia Roberts-like toothy grin, often employed to distract from the thinness of the material.
There are many witnesses to young Hugo's girlishness.
I worried for the life of the chorus in Act Two, due to some enormous wobbly trees on stage, but they were all too enamoured with the shy girlishness of the disguised Magda.
The two women abruptly rise from the tatami and playfully run around the table, although Ozu's tight low-angle framing depicts the two women as monstrous schoolgirls whose movements are stiffly formal, as though their game were a ritual performance of girlishness.
It is evident that Decter ultimately fulfilled her parents' desire to produce a serious girl with a serious career, but with the proviso that she would spend that career forcing her parents, herself, and the rest of us into recognition of the inescapable reality of girlishness, womanliness, and the sexual game.
But it is all very different from previous generations when women felt marriage obliged them to leave girlishness behind.