Something my breakout room group talked about the very first day when discussed the definition of feminine is how we were trying to define the term in using it’s comparison to men or masculinity in itself and something that struck me as I was reading was Woolf’s remarks on fictional women being defined in relation to the male characters in their stories and how much more interesting it would be if women could have complex, dynamic relationships all on their own. It also struck me that she expounded upon this after openly talking about the idea of “[s]ometimes women do like women” (Woolf 81). I was wondering if anybody else had any thoughts about this. Why order it this way? Or even any other thoughts on how we as a society define woman by defining man?
Defining Women through Men