Verb: Emasculate

Photos by Becky Wakelam

Due to having a verryyyyy long summer, I’ve had plenty of chance to binge my way through some box sets I’ve missed. I know I’m really late to the bandwagon with this one but me and my mum have really got into Grey’s Anatomy!2000px-Greys_Anatomy_title.svgSo far, I love it. Especially because it has my all-time favourite actress, Katherine Heigl, who stars in my all-time favourite films and has the all-time cutest kids (IRL).

However, one storyline really got me thinking.


Izzie (Heigl) has a patient who is scared of being emasculated.

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I don’t hear this word very often so I noticed it. It’s potentially not used so often because it is an inherently sexist word that assumes masculinity is stronger (being the opposite of weaker) than femininity.

What is the female version of this? Is there a female version? To be effeminated?

It is seen as a negative thing to have your male identity stripped from you but it isn’t even recognised for women to have their identity stripped of them.

Grey’s Anatomy did air in 2005 so the feminist movement has definitely developed a lot since then. However, there still isn’t a word for having femininity stripped from you. For example, women who lose their hair or have a mastectomy due to cancer can often feel like they’ve lost their femininity. Yet, apparently this isn’t seen as a negative enough feeling to warrant having a word for.

Being female is just as good a thing as being male. Being feminine is also just as powerful and important as being masculine.


Amy xxx

P.S. This is the link to Scarlet Curtis’ book ‘Feminists Don’t Wear Pink’ which inspired me to write this little essay on feminism. It is a collection of essays written by actors, celebrities and people in the media:

P.P.S. More photos by Becky Wakelam coming soon!


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