Female vs Feminism - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between female and feminism

is that female is someone or something of feminine sex or gender while feminism is (dated) the state of being feminine.

As a adjective female

is belonging or referring to the sex which is generally characterized as the one associated with the larger gametes (for species which have two sexes and for which this distinction can be made), which in humans and many other species is the sex which produces eggs and which has xx chromosomes.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Belonging to the sex which typically produces eggs, which in humans and most other mammals is typically the one which has XX chromosomes; belonging to the sex which has larger gametes (for species which have two sexes and for which this distinction can be made).
  • * 1987 , Don't Shoot[,] Darling!: Women's Independent Filmmaking in Australia , page 350:
  • A travelling shot of a harbour view near Sydney's White Bay moves into a domestic interior as a female voice says, 'There was nowhere else to live except alone.'
  • Belonging to the feminine (social) gender.
  • (grammar, less common than 'feminine') Feminine; of the feminine grammatical gender.
  • * 2012 , Naomi McIlwraith, Kiyâm: Poems (ISBN 1926836693), page 43:
  • The teacher's voice inflects the pulse of nêhiyawêwin as he teaches us. He says a prayer in the first class. Nouns, we learn, have a gender. In French, nouns are male or female , but in Cree, nouns are living or non-living, animate or inanimate.
  • (figuratively) Having an internal socket, as in a connector or pipe fitting.
  • Synonyms

    * feminine * (figuratively) socket

    Coordinate terms

    * intersex * transgender * male * neuter

    Derived terms

    * female-assigned, cisfemale, transfemale


    (en noun)
  • One of the female (feminine) sex or gender.
  • # A human member of the feminine sex or gender.
  • # An animal of the sex that produces eggs.
  • # (botany) A plant which produces only that kind of reproductive organ capable of developing into fruit after impregnation or fertilization; a pistillate plant.
  • Synonyms

    * girl; see also * woman; see also

    See also

    * female genital mutilation * (Symbol for female) * (wikipedia) * sex, gender, gender identity



  • (dated) The state of being feminine.
  • A social theory or political movement arguing that legal and social restrictions on females must be removed in order to bring about equality of both sexes in all aspects of public and private life.
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , date = 1926-11-27 , title = The Talk of the Town , magazine = The New Yorker , issn = 0028-792X , page = 17 , passage = Women are still forbidden to smoke there... Ardent though we are in feminism , we applaud this stand... }}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year = 1996 , author = Jan Jindy Pettman , title = Worlding Women: A feminist international politics , pages = ix-x , passage = There are by now many feminisms' (Tong, 1989; Humm, 1992). Alongside and often overlapping with older-identified distinctions between liberal, socialist, radical and cultural '''feminisms''', for example (important as they are in their different accounts of sexual difference and gender power), are variously named black, third-world ethnic-minority ' feminisms , themselves far from homogenous. }}


    * antifeminism * masculism

    Derived terms

    * cyberfeminism * ecofeminism * feminazi * feminist * feministic * first-wave feminism * fourth-wave feminism * postfeminism * profeminism * second-wave feminism * third-wave feminism

    See also

    * egalitarianism, equalism , Wicca English words suffixed with -ism