(22) The practitioners of such "handy craftes," identified with their trades, thus become both socially and corporeally "abject and vile, and little regarded and esteemed." Their daily indoor occupations weaken and effeminize
their bodies, and their mental and spiritual faculties, along with their potential for political wisdom and masculine valor, are quick to follow.
While Jake is threatened by Robert, he and Pedro are the characters Jake most admires, and both become tarnished by their obsessions with Brett, who doesn't appreciate the way either of them tries to effeminize
withers." (69) In a similar vein, the Jesuit Andres Mendo condemns the luxuries and indulgences that inactivity encourages, writing that they "effeminize
the spirits, thin the courage, and dishearten the thoughts" of men.
Here Loch is caught in the feminine gaze of Nina and Jinny Love, and we might be tempted to believe in the power of that gaze to effeminize
Loch's sense of his body as he looks in a mirror "like theirs." But Welty offers up an answer to that suspicion in the passage above from "June Recital," where both Loch's gaze and his meditation upon his own body are just as gentle and tender.
From Plato to the early Christians to the Renaissance, luxury was thought to effeminize
The confessional, which might at first seem to effeminize
the penitent by subordinating his desires to the authority of the Church, in fact does the opposite: it virilizes him.
Hudson was unwilling to extol the bees for building their wonderful hexagons, since they were merely following instinct; but we are not bees, and when we undertake to be workmanly it is different; the most scientifically self-interested effort cannot effeminize
one who walks like the tapir and works like the elephant.
As a manifestation of the male gaze, it singles out Bonnie and Nancy for special surveillance, objectification, and exploitation, and seeks to effeminize
Perry Smith even as it seeks to explain the psychosociological causes of his crime.
Enrique's perceived "soft" stance on conversos, Jews, and Muslims, for example, had ultimately been used by his detractors to effeminize