Toxic Femininity & Toxic Women – Ultimate Guide 2024

Toxic femininity and toxic women are two different topics, both worth considering and understanding. They are often grouped together, yet they are not that similar.

Here we break down toxic femininity & toxic women, and list the traits involved.

What Is Toxic Femininity         

Toxic femininity refers to societal expectations for women to be sensitive, cooperative, nurturing, passive, submissive, gentle, and beautiful. Women are expected to follow a set of standards that men find pleasing.

These expectations are taught at a very young age. As men and women’s roles change, so do societal expectations.

Toxic Femininity Traits  

  • Empathetic
  • Sensitive
  • Gentle
  • Kind
  • Soft
  • Understanding
  • Compassionate
  • Forgiving
  • Graceful
  • Cooperative
  • Nurturing
  • Passive
  • Submissive
  • Gentle
  • Beautiful
  • Agreeable

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Toxic Femininity Examples  

  1. “Don’t use weights at the gym, you want to maintain a feminine body.”
  2. “When the bill comes, don’t say anything, let the men figure it out.”
  3. “Marry a guy with a good, stable job.”
  4. “You’re single, you must be so lonely.”
  5. “That heavy girl makes me look good.”

Toxic Women Meaning       

Toxic women cause harm to you and your relationships. They play the victim and want you to feel bad for them. They often play games. They are insecure, immature, and always in competition. Toxic women suffer from excessive jealousy, and tend to be selfish & controlling. Their behavior generally results from deep emotional trauma.

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Toxic Women Traits 

1. Liars

2. Lack Empathy

3. Jealous & Possessive

4. Manipulative & Unfair

5. Only Happy When She Gets Her Way

6. Always Finds Something Wrong

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More Info: Psychology Today


Toxic femininity will always be around. Try to understand and manage it otherwise it can lead to increased stress levels.

There is no place for toxic women in your life. Cut them out completely!

Great Resource: Verywell Mind

Farzana Tajnin
Farzana Tajnin

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