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Although readers have known about Hemingway's interest in Cross-dressing and gender play at least since the publication of the unfinished, edited novel, The Garden of Eden (1986), too many literary critics cite Hemingway's girlishness as pathological, as a failure or falling away from Papa Hemingway's swaggering machismo.
"Even though parents might see them as more acceptable [than purely sexy clothes], I'm not sure they're perceived that differently," study researcher Sarah Murnen, a social psychologist at Kenyon College in Ohio, said of the clothes that mixed sexuality and girlishness.
This sort of hysterical behaviour, running to a dispensary for a vaccination, would have been scoffed at in the Edwardian era and may have got me shot for girlishness during the Blitz.
(71) Reviewers noted her youthfulness and girlishness, characteristics that were also ascribed to Terry and to Helen Faucit, who was similarly reputed to epitomise femininity.
For all her protestations there is a hint of girlishness about Ann -who famously underwent a something of a makeover back in 2001 dying her raven hair blonde and turning heads in the maledominated corridors of power by seductively donning an alice band.
Given the subtly homoerotic subtext of the novel, the beautiful, boyish Laurence represents "one of the West's great sexual personae" (Paglia, 1990:110), namely the beautiful boy with his "male muscle structure but [with] a dewy girlishness".
Given the combative nature of her art, it seems wrong-headed to the point of insult to think about O'Connor in terms of feminine wiles or girlishness. Her prose was testy in the extreme, intent on skewering every character she introduced onto the page as well as any reader incautious enough to allow herself, in an unguarded moment, to start sympathizing with one of those characters.
His heir in turn was his son Louis, Duke of Burgundy, whose wife was the delightful Marie-Adelaide, 'the Rose of Savoy.' She was a child bride when they were married in 1697 and she brought a welcome girlishness and sparkle to Versailles.
Anyone who ever saw her would retain the memory of her lovely, slender girlishness, her proud carriage, the level straightness of her glance, and a quality of combined childishness and maturity, of passion and of ice." (57) The passage is from chapter 30 ("First Party"), page 482.
She curled her thick dark hair to soften the way it lay against her full cheeks, although there was always something a bit incongruous about the girlishness of the effect.
The girlishness of her onstage persona was gone, and in its place a serious, articulate woman.
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.