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present as (someone or something)

1. To act or seem to be identifiable as a particular sex, gender, or sexual orientation. You're less likely to get harassed if you present as a heteronormative man. When I presented as female, people definitely didn't see me as an authority figure.
2. To depict, portray, or describe someone, something, or oneself as a particular kind or type of person or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "present" and "as." The film presents the dictator as a benevolent but misunderstood leader. She was arrested for presenting herself as a lawyer to several people, offering discreet legal help in exchange for large fees.
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the female of the species is more deadly than the male

proverb Women are dangerous. The phrase implies that women are more dangerous than men, likening them to animal species in which the female is more powerful or aggressive than the male. The phrase comes from Rudyard Kipling's 1911 poem, "The Female of the Species." Jane might look tiny, but she's a tough broad, and she brings that old saying to mind—the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
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female of the species is more deadly than the male

Prov. In many animal species, the female is poisonous and the male is not, and, by analogy, women are more dangerous than men. Bill: My old girlfriend's been threatening me ever since I broke up with her, but she's too small and weak to do me any harm. Fred: I'd be careful if I were you. The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
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We do not have, therefore, in this "couvade" a pure celebration of femaleness, not by any means, but rather an attempt (as in most forms of couvade) to appropriate and control completely the reproductive function.
Marking the femaleness is not about "finding herself," it's just an obvious component of finding herself constantly in the present moment--ceaselessly "turning out the way I am, turning out to greet you," in an Ashbery poem ("The Chateau Hardware") that Myles's poems often remind me of.
The title Fault Lines suggests the impact of her exposure to a number of languages and cultures beginning with her early childhood; it is also a key to her "desperate awareness of [her] femaleness, a sense of shame." She is, in her own words, "a woman cracked by multiple migrations."
What these male fantasies attest to is the cultural undesirability, as Mary Wollstonecraft later complained, of the conjunction of femaleness and experience.
Here's just one example of how the fundamental differences in maleness and femaleness have sparked our own personal battle of the sexes.
Ortner further argues that these opposites are not equal, and that nearly all societies value maleness and culture over femaleness and nature.
He named the poor man Nicholas after himself, prized the shell open and cursed to find no black and blue pearl, the just reward for not lusting the femaleness of molluscs.
* luteinizing hormone (LH)-stimulates the ovaries or testes to produce sex hormones that determine many features of "maleness" or "femaleness" and
So stringent are the guidelines of selfless devotion to Pakistani men (and hence perfect Pakistani femaleness) that even the example of some of the earliest Muslim heroines may not help them reconsider their approach.
For Ear too long femaleness and queer femininity have been pushed to the margins.
But rather than discouraging those--men as well as women--who argue for the rights and presence of women everywhere, suppression is simply alerting people everywhere that there is no possible justification, on the grounds of femaleness alone, for the elimination of women from public service, from public participation, from adult agency, from the holy halls of religious discipleship.
Some of these women had been geeks their whole lives but took a long time to embrace their femaleness. Ellen Spertus's MIT graduate father encouraged her to study math and science but he also told her that "mathematical ability was correlated with testosterone and that the best modern female mathematician was very ugly." Though she learned this wasn't true when she entered MIT herself it wasn't until years later that she was finally able to fully embrace her womanhood.
Intertitles quoting critical texts on modernism note that the Dadaists would mask themselves in various forms of primitivism ("Negro-ness, African-ness, Insane-ness, Childish-ness, and Femaleness").
"I find exaggerated maleness and femaleness boring, but I don't judge between one and the other.
American scholar of classics Vivante explores the divine figures and the actual women who embodied the various transmutations of the concepts of femaleness in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome across four millennia.