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tr.v. de·fem·i·nized, de·fem·i·niz·ing, de·fem·i·niz·es
To divest of feminine traits, qualities, or characteristics.

de·fem′i·ni·za′tion (-nĭ-zā′shən) n.


(diːˈfɛmɪˌnaɪz) or


vb (tr)
1. to divest (a person) of feminine qualities
2. (Veterinary Science) to remove the ovaries of (a woman or female animal)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.defeminize - remove the ovaries of (female mammals such as cats)
neuter, spay, castrate, alter - remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?"
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However, my contention in this paper is that the gendered, bodily experiences of "becoming" an agent of violence involves a complex reconfiguration of the woman's body, which entails a simultaneous reconstitution of the body as a material, lethal weapon, defeminised and degendered, and the symbolical feminine, in Shalini's case, as a sensuous dancer.
As Jayati Ghosh has shown, far from feminising the paid labour force, neoliberalism has generated a form of 'jobless growth': a rise in GDP without expanding employment --and a defeminised labour force.
Therefore, dominant males were both masculinised and defeminised in terms of their gene expression.