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Old 12-27-2018, 12:09 AM   #1
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I am curious about something. I find language both fun and fascinating. One of the things that struck me as interesting:
in the English language we have the word 'emasculate' meaning to deprive a man of his male role or identity. Has anyone ever noticed that there is no equivalent for a female? There is no concept/word suggesting that a woman could be deprived of her female role or identity. Isn't that strange? Or maybe not? To me, it suggests that males have something special to be regarded and protected whereas females do not. Anyone care to share some thoughts?

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Old 12-30-2018, 10:36 PM   #2
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That's an interesting observation. I agree, it does seem to indicate that there's something inherently masculine which may be taken away for which no female equivalent apparently exists.

There's a rather fascinating conversation about it here, if you haven't seen it already: meaning - Is there a feminine equivalent of "emasculate"? - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
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That's an interesting observation. I agree, it does seem to indicate that there's something inherently masculine which may be taken away for which no female equivalent apparently exists.

There's a rather fascinating conversation about it here, if you haven't seen it already: meaning - Is there a feminine equivalent of "emasculate"? - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
Thank you very much LustStarrr! I'll check out that link...I've honestly never heard anyone else mention it so that is wonderful
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Thank you very much LustStarrr! I'll check out that link...I've honestly never heard anyone else mention it so that is wonderful


You're very welcome. I've found, if you Google hard enough, there's not an original thought in the world - someone's already had it somewhere, usually. Enjoy.
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Interesting thread! I think emasculate has to do with taking away power. When a man's power is taken away, he is seen as a less of a man (either by society or by the man himself).

When a woman's power is taken away, maybe she is not necessarily seen as a less of a woman.

Just a speculation.
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I think it has to do with the idea that women are the "weaker, fairer sex" and that we couldnt possibly act like men because we are already used to having our power usurped, or having no power, or being accused of being a "b**ch" because we have power. Its almost like men who get in touch with their feelings make them weak and "like women".
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