in her book learning to drive, katha pollitt writes that "femininity is relative; it's about men, in a way that masculinity is not about women," meaning that to be feminine requires a masculine contrast to play off of - to be the jane to someone else's tarzan. her example is the amazons, who, living in isolation from men, were deemed "warlike, stoic and high-spirited," or masculine* rather than intensely feminine.
i generally feel "feminine" just by virtue of being female, but i am aware that whenever i have extremely short hair, i am more likely to wear makeup and wear a dress.
how do you define the terms "masculine" and "feminine" in terms of style?
*applying stereotypical assumptions about what is masculine and feminine here, and not my own personal values or beliefs.