Femininity (also called womanliness or girlishness) is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles generally associated with women and girls. Although femininity is largely thought to be socially constructed,[1] research indicates that some behaviors considered feminine are biologically influenced.[1][2][3][4] To what extent femininity is biologically or socially influenced is subject to debate.[2][3][4] It is distinct from the definition of the biological female sex,[5][6] as both males and females can exhibit feminine traits.

Venus with a Mirror (c. 1555) by Titian, showing the goddess Venus as the personification of femininity.

Traits traditionally cited as feminine include gracefulness, gentleness, empathy, humility, and sensitivity,[7][8][9][10] though traits associated with femininity vary across societies and individuals,[11] and are influenced by a variety of social and cultural factors.[12]