The notions of femininities and masculinities are both cultural and historical constructions.
Vera demonstrates, through her feminist approach, diverse Zimbabwean femininities originating from varied life trajectories of its women.
To further demonstrate how the discourse on femininities has developed in Zimbabwe, Schmidt (1992), in Peasants, Traders and Wives: Shona Women in the History of Zimbabwe, 1870-1939, discusses the various roles that have defined Shona womanhood and femininities from precolonial times to the present.
Very often, femininities and masculinities intersect.
In tracing their discursive construction of femininities as articulated through the collective process of writing the central character and narratives for the video, we get a sense of the girls' individual identities, past histories and social locations.
Between Femininities makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the lives and realities of girls and young women; their nuanced and complex navigations in a world which makes competing demands on them and which attempts to circumscribe them into particular gendered categories.
Emphasized femininity, on the other hand, is a kind of femininity that is in compliance with the prevailing pattern of femininity; which accommodates hegemonically masculine male interests and desires while preventing other femininities from gaining cultural articulation (Connell, 1987), an example of which would be iconic American television mothers of the 1960s and 1970s such as June Cleaver from "Leave it to Beaver," Carol Brady from the "Brady Bunch," or Mrs.
Femininities, like masculinities, are not passive parts of patriarchy.
When faced with only images of specific hegemonic femininities
, it makes sense to resist by creating counter-representations, by placing different images in our mirrors, images that we might well want to reflect.