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A woman of Central European descent.
Symbol of the planet and Roman goddess Venus, also used to indicate the female sex.

A woman (irregular plural: women) is a female human. The term woman is usually reserved for an adult, with the term girl being the usual term for a female child or adolescent. However, the term woman is also sometimes used to identify a female human, regardless of age, as in phrases such as "Women's rights".

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Etymology

The English term "Man" (from Proto-Germanic mannaz "man, person") and words derived therefrom can designate any or even all of the human race regardless of their sex or age. This is the old usage of "Man" in English. It derives from Proto-Indo-European *mánu- 'man, human', cognate to Sanskrit manu, Old Church Slavonic mǫžĭ, 'man', 'husband'.

In Old English the words wer and wyf (also wæpman and wifman) were used to refer to "a man" and "a woman" respectively, and "Man" was gender-neutral. In Middle English man displaced wer as term for "male human", whilst wifman (which eventually evolved into woman) was retained for "female human". ("Wif" also evolved into the word "wife".) "Man" carries this old sense of "Human" however, resulting in an asymmetry criticized as sexist.[1] (See also womyn.)

A very common Indo-European root for woman, *gwen-, is the source of English queen (Old English cwēn primarily meant woman, highborn or not; this is still the case in Danish, with the modern spelling kvinde), as well as gynaecology (from Greek gynē), banshee fairy woman (from Irish bean woman, fairy) and zenana (from Persian zan). The Latin fēmina, whence female, is likely from the root in fellāre (to suck), referring to breastfeeding.[2][3]

The symbol for the planet Venus is the sign also used in biology for the female sex. It is a stylized representation of the goddess Venus's hand mirror or an abstract symbol for the goddess: a circle with a small equilateral cross underneath (Unicode: ♀). The Venus symbol also represented femininity, and in ancient alchemy stood for copper. Alchemists constructed the symbol from a circle (representing spirit) above an equilateral cross (representing matter).

Terminology

Aphrodite, a classical image of youthful female beauty in Western art.

Womanhood is the period in a female's life after she has transitioned from girlhood, at least physically, having passed the age of menarche. Many cultures have rites of passage to symbolize a woman's coming of age, such as confirmation in some branches of Christianity, bat mitzvah in Judaism, or even just the custom of a special celebration for a certain birthday (generally between 12 and 21). The word woman can be used generally, to mean any female human, or specifically, to mean an adult female human as contrasted with girl. The word girl originally meant "young person of either sex" in English; it was only around the beginning of the 16th century that it came to mean specifically a female child. Nowadays girl sometimes is used colloquially to refer to a young or unmarried woman. During the early 1970s feminists challenged such use, and use of the word to refer to a fully grown woman may cause offence. In particular, previously common terms such as office girl are no longer used.

Conversely, in certain cultures which link family honor with female virginity, the word girl is still used to refer to a never-married woman; in this sense it is used in a fashion roughly analogous to the obsolete English maid or maiden. Referring to an unmarried female as a woman may, in such a culture, imply that she is sexually experienced, which would be an insult to her family.

In some settings, the use of girl to refer to an adult female is a common practice (such as girls' night out), even among some elderly women. In this sense, girl may be considered to be the analogue to the British word bloke for a man, although it again fails to meet the parallel status as an adult. Some feminists cite this lack of an informal yet respectful term for women as misogynistic; they regard non-parallel usages, such as men and girls, as sexist.

There are various words used to refer to the quality of being a woman. The term "womanhood" merely means the state of being a woman, having passed the menarche; "femininity" is used to refer to a set of supposedly typical female qualities associated with a certain attitude to gender roles; "womanliness" is like "femininity", but is usually associated with a different view of gender roles; "femaleness" is a general term, but is often used as shorthand for "human femaleness"; "distaff" is an archaic adjective derived from women's conventional role as a spinner, now used only as a deliberate archaism; "muliebrity" is a neologism (derived from the Latin) meant to provide a female counterpart of "virility", but used very loosely, sometimes to mean merely "womanhood", sometimes "femininity" and sometimes even as a collective term for women.

Biology and sex

The human female reproductive system.

In terms of biology, the female sex organs are involved in the reproductive system, whereas the secondary sex characteristics are involved in nurturing children or, in some cultures, attracting a mate. The ovaries, in addition to their regulatory function producing hormones, produce female gametes called eggs which, when fertilized by male gametes (sperm), form new genetic individuals. The uterus is an organ with tissue to protect and nurture the developing fetus and muscle to expel it when giving birth. The vagina is used in copulation and birthing (although the word vagina is often colloquially and incorrectly used for the vulva or external female genitalia, which also includes the labia, the clitoris, and the female urethra). The breast evolved from the sweat gland to produce milk, a nutritious secretion that is the most distinctive characteristic of mammals, along with live birth. In mature women, the breast is generally more prominent than in most other mammals; this prominence, not necessary for milk production, is probably at least partially the result of sexual selection. (For other ways in which men commonly differ physically from women, see Man.)

Spectral karyotype of a human female. The XX combination is formed at the 23rd week of gestation.

An imbalance of maternal hormonal levels and some chemicals (or drugs) may alter the secondary sexual characteristics of fetuses. Most women have the karyotype 46,XX, but around one in a thousand will be 47,XXX, and one in 2500 will be 45,X. This contrasts with the typical male karotype of 46,XY; thus, the X and Y chromosomes are known as female and male, respectively. Because humans inherit mitochondrial DNA only from the mother's ovum, genetic studies of the female line tend to focus on mitochondrial DNA.

Biological factors are not sufficient determinants of whether a person considers themselves a woman or is considered a woman. Intersex individuals, who have mixed physical and/or genetic features, may use other criteria in making a clear determination. There are also transgender or transsexual women, who were born or physically assigned as male at birth, but identify as women; there are varying social, legal and individual definitions with regard to these issues. (See transwoman.)

Although fewer females than males are born (the ratio is around 1:1.05), due to a longer life expectancy there are only 81 men aged 60 or over for every 100 women of the same age. Women typically have a longer life expectancy than men.[4] This is due to a combination of factors: genetics (redundant and varied genes present on sex chromosomes in women); sociology (such as not being expected in most countries to perform military service); health-impacting choices (such as suicide or the use of cigarettes, and alcohol); the presence of the female hormone estrogen, which has a cardioprotective effect in premenopausal women; and the effect of high levels of androgens in men. Out of the total human population, there are 101.3 men for every 100 women (source: 2001 World Almanac).

Most women go through menarche and are then able to become pregnant and bear children.[5] This generally requires internal fertilization of her eggs with the sperm of a man through sexual intercourse, though artificial insemination or the surgical implantation of an existing embryo is also possible (see reproductive technology). The study of female reproduction and reproductive organs is called gynaecology.

There are some diseases that primarily affect women, such as lupus. Also, there are some sex-related illnesses that are found more frequently or exclusively in women, e.g., breast cancer, cervical cancer, or ovarian cancer. Women and men may have different symptoms of an illness and may also respond differently to medical treatment. This area of medical research is studied by gender-based medicine.

During early fetal development, embryos of both sexes appear gender-neutral; the release of hormones is what changes physical appearance male or female. As in cases without two sexes, such as species that reproduce asexually, the gender-neutral appearance is closer to female than to male.

Culture and gender roles

A woman weaving. Textile work has historically been a female occupation in some cultures.
Turkish women smoking hookah, 1910
Roundhouse wipers at lunch, Chicago and North Western Railway, 1942. During World War II, women filled many positions that had traditionally been held by men only.

In many prehistoric cultures, women assumed a particular cultural role. In hunter-gatherer societies, women were generally the gatherers of plant foods, small animal foods, fish, and learned to use dairy products, while men hunted meat from large animals.

In more recent history, the gender roles of women have changed greatly. Traditionally, middle-class women were typically involved in domestic tasks emphasizing child care. For poorer women, especially working class women, although this often remained an ideal, economic necessity compelled them to seek employment outside the home. The occupations that were available to them were, however, lower in pay than those available to men.

As changes in the labor market for women came about, availability of employment changed from only "dirty", long houred factory jobs to "cleaner", more respectable office jobs where more education was demanded, women's participation in the U.S. labor force rose from 6% in 1900 to 23% in 1923. These shifts in the labor force led to changes in the attitudes of women at work, allowing for the revolution which resulted in women becoming career and education oriented.

Movements advocate equality of opportunity for both sexes and equal rights irrespective of gender. Through a combination of economic changes and the efforts of the feminist movement, in recent decades women in most societies now have access to careers beyond the traditional homemaker.

Many observers, including feminist groups, maintain that women in industry and commerce face glass ceilings.

Education and employment

OECD countries

  • Education

The gender gap in Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries has been reduced over the last 30 years. Younger women today are far more likely to have completed a tertiary qualification: in 19 of the 30 OECD countries, more than twice as many women aged 25 to 34 have completed tertiary education than women aged 55 to 64 do. In 21 of 27 OECD countries with comparable data, the number of women graduating from university-level programmes is equal to or exceeds that of men. 15-year-old girls tend to show much higher expectations for their careers than boys of the same age.[6]

While women account for more than half of university graduates in several OECD countries, they receive only 30% of tertiary degrees granted in science and engineering fields, and women account for only 25% to 35% of researchers in most OECD countries.[7]

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Further reading

  • Chafe, William H., "The American Woman: Her Changing Social, Economic, And Political Roles, 1920-1970", Oxford University Press, 1972. ISBN 0-19-501785-4
  • Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003 3rd edition) ISBN 0-618-25414-5
  • McWhorter, John. 'The Uses of Ugliness', The New Republic Online, January 31, 2002. Retrieved May 11, 2005 ["bitch" as an affectionate term]
  • McWhorter, John. Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority (New York: Gotham, 2003) ISBN 1-59240-001-9 [casual use of "bitch" in ebonics]
  • Routledge international encyclopedia of women, 4 vls., ed. by Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender, Routledge 2000
  • Women in world history : a biographical encyclopedia, 17 vls., ed. by Anne Commire, Waterford, Conn. [etc.] : Yorkin Publ. [etc.], 1999 - 2002

References

  1. ^ man - definition Dictionary.reference.com
  2. ^ queen - The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. Bartleby.com
  3. ^ female - The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. Bartleby.com
  4. ^ "Why is life expectancy longer for women than it is for men?". Scientific American. 2004-08-30. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-is-life-expectancy-lo. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  
  5. ^ Menarche and menstruation are absent in many of the intersex and transgender conditions mentioned above and also in primary amenorrhea.
  6. ^ Education Levels Rising in OECD Countries but Low Attainment Still Hampers Some, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Publication Date: 14/09/2004. Retrieved December 2006.
  7. ^ Women in Scientific Careers: Unleashing the Potential, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, ISBN 92-64-02537-5, Publication Date: 20/11/2006. Retrieved December 2006.

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Women are female humans. The term woman (irregular plural: women) usually is used for an adult, with the term girl being the usual term for a female child or adolescent. However, the term woman is also sometimes used to identify a female human, regardless of age, as in phrases such as "Women's rights".

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  • And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: who so pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her. Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.
    • Ecclesiastes, VII:26-29
  • Hence, it will be found that the fundamental fault of the female character is that is has no sense of justice. This is mainly due to the fact, already mentioned, that women are defective in the powers of reasoning and deliberation; but it is also traceable to the position which Nature has assigned to them as the weaker sex. They are dependent, not upon strength, but upon craft; and hence their instinctive capacity for cunning, and their ineradicable tendency to say what is not true. For as lions are provided with claws and teeth, and elephants and boards with tusks, bulls with horns, and cuttle fish with its clouds of inky fluid, so Nature has equipped woman, for her defense and protection, with the arts of dissimulation.
  • More than a billion women around the world want to emulate western women’s lifestyles and are rapidly acquiring the material ability to do so. It is therefore vital that in our leadership we display some reserve and responsibility in our spending so that the world’s finite resources will be available for our children, their children and their children’s children
  • If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.
    • Abigail Adams, letter to John Adams, March 31, 1776. Published in Adams Family Correspondence.
  • Women are the only investment upon which you pay your taxes before your receive your income.
  • It’s queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own, and there has never been anything like it, and never can be. It is too beautiful altogether, and if they were to set it up it would go to pieces before the first sunset. Some confounded fact we men have been living contentedly with ever since the day of creation would start up and knock the whole thing over.
  • To make women learned, and foxes tame, hath the same operation, which teacheth them to steale more cuningly, but the possibility is not equall, for when it doth one good, it doth twenty harme.
    • Attributed to James I of England; reported in Thomas Overbury, Edward Francis Rimbault, The Miscellaneous Works in Prose and Verse of Sir Thomas Overbury (1856), p. 261.
  • Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly.
  • Women treat us just as humanity treats its gods. They worship us, and are always bothering us to do something for them.
  • Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.
  • The great question . . . which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is `What does a woman want?'
    • Sigmund Freud, Quoted in Charles Rolo, Psychiatry in American Life
  • I read somewhere that their periods attract bears. The bears can smell the menstruation.
    • Brick Tamland, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • I remember when OB tampons came out and you could hold them in your hand, and I'd walk down the hall holding my little OB tampon and I thought, "If I open my hand and show this to anybody, the whole building is going to explode."
    • Judy Roitman, mathematician, quoted by Claudia Henrion in Women in Mathematics: The Addition of Difference
  • Treat every woman like a queen and every queen like a woman."
    • Leonid S. Sukhorukov, All About Everything
  • "Son, a woman is a lot like a... [looks around] a refrigerator! They're about six feet tall, 300 pounds. They make ice and, um... [spots his can of Duff] Oh, wait a minute. Actually, a woman is more like a beer. They smell good, they look good and you'd step over your own mother just to get one! [downs the beer] But you can't stop at one. You wanna drink another woman!
    • Homer Simpson, The Simpsons
  • Woman is the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man.
    • Ulysses McGill, O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000)
  • A boy dreams with a sword in his hand. A girl gives him purpose, a reason to draw it from its scabbard.
    • Bryan Davis, "Tears Of A Dragon"
  • "Las mujeres son el impuesto que pagamos por el placer."
  • Women, for the sake of their children and parents, submit to slaveries and prostitutions that no unattached woman would endure.
  • The same emotions are in man and woman, but in different TEMPO, on that account man and woman never cease to misunderstand each other
  • In revenge and in love woman is more barbarous than man.
  • … woman would like to believe that love can do EVERYTHING -- it is the SUPERSTITION peculiar to her. Alas, he who knows the heart finds how poor, helpless, pretentious, and blundering even the best and deepest love is -- he finds that it rather DESTROYS than saves!

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  • A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.
  • A woman past forty should make up her mind to be young- not her face.
    • Billie Burke
  • A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
  • A woman is like an... artichoke. You have to do a bit of work before you get to the heart.
  • A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's: she changes it more often.
  • A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
  • All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
  • Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men.
  • In my heart, I think a woman has two choices: either she's a feminist or a masochist.
  • Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned"
  • I do note with interest that old women in my books become young women on the covers... this is discrimination against the chronologically gifted."
  • Women are like teeth.
They are easily replaced. 
    • Jasyn Randall
  • Every queen is a woman, but not every woman is a queen.
  • Women: You can't live with them, and you can't get them to dress up in a skimpy little Nazi costume and beat you with a warm squash or something.
  • It’s not logical to be logical about women—but what can you do except be logical?
    • Swami Raj
  • On one issue, at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women.
  • Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
  • You see, dear, it is not true that woman was made from man's rib; she was really made from his funny bone.
  • It must be admitted that women have but little sense of justice, and this is no doubt connected with the preponderance of envy in their mental life.
  • Women would rule the world - if only they'd stop bitchin' about each other!
  • To varying degrees, all chicks are sluts - except for my mum, and I'm not sure about yours.
    • TB - Based on a SB Truism
  • I hate women because they always know where things are.
  • In our civilization men are afraid they will not be men enough, and women are afraid they might be considered only women.
    • Theodor Reik
  • If a woman likes another woman, she's cordial. If she doesn't like her, she's very cordial.
    • Irvin S. Cobb
  • Women are like elephants. They are interesting to look at, but I wouldn't like to own one.
  • Women are most adorable when they are afraid; that's why they frighten so easily.
    • Ludwig Borne
  • I'm sorry Wendy, but I just don't trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die.
  • Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn't done it.
  • If you can make a woman laugh you can do anything with her.
    • Nicol Williamson
  • Behind all their personal vanity, women themselves always have an impersonal contempt for woman.
  • Women are considered deep - why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them.
  • The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.
  • The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
  • The way to fight a woman is with your hat. Grab it and run.
  • There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.
    • Helena Rubenstein
  • Whether women are better than men I cannot say- but I can say they are certainly no worse.
  • How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?
  • Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
  • There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.
  • No woman ever hates a man for being in love with her, but many a woman hate a man for being a friend to her.
  • Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
  • When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking.
  • The stages of a woman in her relationships with men: Good--->Decent--->Slut--->Bitch. Parents (initially) and men will most of the time be the ones that accelerate, decelerate or stop this trajectory. And the worst problem is that it is nearly impossible to go back to an earlier state.
    • Average Joe
  • Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
  • The only question left to be settled now is, are women persons?
  • A woman has to be twice as good as a man to go half as far.
  • Women get more unhappy the more they try to liberate themselves.
  • A woman always likes to be on top, but it never lasts.
  • A woman is but an animal, and an animal not of the highest order.
  • A woman is an angel at ten, a saint at fifteen, a devil at fourty, and a witch at forescore.
    • English proverb
  • A woman's strength is in her tongue.
    • English proverb
  • When a man gets up to speak, people listen then look. When a woman gets up to speak, people look then, if they like what they see, they listen.
    • Pauline Frederick

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Woman
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
From Poems of Experience (1917)

Strange are the ways that her feet have trod
   Since first she was set in the path of duty,
Finished and fair by the hand of God,
   To carry her message of love and beauty.
Delicate creature of light and shade,
   She gleamed like an opal, on wide worlds under:
And earth looked up to her half afraid,
   While heaven looked down at her, full of wonder.

Flame of the comet and mist of the moon,
   And ray of the sun all mingled in her.
And the heart of her asked but a single boon -
   That love should seek her, and find her, and win her.
She grasped the scope of the First Intent
   That made her kingdom for her, no other,
And joyfully into her place she went -
   The primal mate, and the primal mother.

Large was that kingdom and vast her sphere,
   And lightly she lifted and bore each burden.
Lightly she laughed in the eyes of fear,
   For love was her recompense, love her guerdon.
And never in camp, or in cave, or in home,
   Rose voice of mother or mate complaining.
And never the foot of her sought to roam,
   Till love in the heart of the man seemed waning.

In the broad rich furrows by woman turned
   Man, unwitting, set plough and harrow.
For worlds to conquer she had not yearned,
   Till he spoke of her feminine sphere as ‘narrow.’
The lullaby changed to a martial strain -
   When he took her travail, and song for granted -
And forth she forged in his own domain -
   Till the strange ‘new woman,’ the old supplanted.

‘Strange’ with the glow of a wakened soul,
   And ‘new’ with the purpose of large endeavour,
She turned her face to the higher goal -
   To the higher goal it is turned for ever.
Trade and science and craft and art,
   Have opened their doors to the call of woman;
And greater she grows in her greater part,
   More tenderly wise, and more sweetly human.

Brave foremothers of freedom’s birth
   Smile through space on your splendid daughters.
At one with liberty lighting the earth,
   Their torches flame o’er the darkest waters.
They lend a lustre to sea and land:
   They sweeten the world with their wholesome graces:
As out in the harbour of life they stand
   To cheer and welcome the coming races.

Brave forefathers and heroes who fought
   Under the flag of the Revolution,
War was the price of the freedom you bought,
   But peace is the watchword of Evolution.
The progress of woman means progress of peace,
   She wars on war, and its hosts alarming;
And her great love battle will never cease,
   Till the glory is seen of a world disarming.

The woman wonder with heart of flame,
   The coming man of the race will find her.
For petty purpose and narrow aim,
   And fault and flaw she will leave behind her.
He grown tender, and she grown wise,
   They shall enter the Eden by both created;
The broadened kingdom of Paradise,
   And love, and mate, as the first pair mated.

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Most common English words: enough « quite « brought « #231: woman » want » home » whose

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Old English wīfmann, from wīf (‘adult female’, Modern English wife) + mann (‘human being’).

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was "taken out of man" (Gen 2:23), and therefore the man has the preeminence. "The head of the woman is the man;" but yet honour is to be shown to the wife, "as unto the weaker vessel" (1Cor 11:3, 8, 9; 1 Pet 3:7). Several women are mentioned in Scripture as having been endowed with prophetic gifts, as Miriam (Ex 15:20), Deborah (Jdg 4:4, 5), Huldah (2Kg 22:14), Noadiah (Neh 6:14), Anna (Lk 2:36, 37), and the daughters of Philip the evangelist (Acts 21:8, 9). Women are forbidden to teach publicly (1Cor 14:34, 35; 1 Tim 2:11, 12). Among the Hebrews it devolved upon women to prepare the meals for the household (Gen 18:6; 2 Sam 13:8), to attend to the work of spinning (Ex 35:26; Prov 31:19), and making clothes (1Sam 2:19; Prov 31:21), to bring water from the well (Gen 24:15; 1Sam 9:11), and to care for the flocks (Gen 29:6; Ex 2:16).

The word "woman," as used in Mt 15:28, Jn 2:4 and 20:13, 15, implies tenderness and courtesy and not disrespect. Only where revelation is known has woman her due place of honour assigned to her.

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Figure A

A girl (as seen in Figure A) is a human being that was born with a testosterone deficiency. To many gamers, girls are a rare and elusive sight. Most males lust after girls (though some have developed an immunity) and would do anything to have a meaningful relationship with one, or at the very least, get her to post pix.

Girls use their feminine wiles to gain control over men. However, once a girl has control over a man, she'll do nothing but torture him. There is a growing concern that girls may, in fact, be controlled by some sort of cosmic entity with really high HP. It's already been proven that their constant mood swings can only be predicted with the phases of the moon.

Girls often use their healthy tan skin and bleached blonde hair as part of their evil plan to entice men. This evidence supports the theory that they are actually servants of the Wicked Day Star.

Oh, they also have magical powers.

Girl Gamers

A girl (as seen on TV!)

Some testerone deficient humans manage to escape the Wicked Day Star and venture to the safety of the indoors. These girls, safe from the harmful rays, will then discover the true meaning to life. They become gamers.

The elusive Girl Gamer is sought after by many and appreciated by all. While any gamer will tell you that there's no more attractive attribute than gaming, they are appreciated for other reasons as well.

First of all, they add diversity to gaming culture. The community is flooded with pasty geeks to whom "Compassion" is nothing more than the name of a spell in some obscure Japanese RPG they imported.
The girl gamers compensate for their testerone deficiency by creating a ridiculous surplus of estrogen. This chemical causes their brain to function abnormally, and show a sometimes frightening level of "caring" towards other "people."

Secondly, the more girl gamers there are, the more diverse the target audience is. There are far too many boy-appealing games that focus on blood and guts and badassery (see Halo or Tekken) and not enough games that focus on empathy and compassion (see Harvest Moon or Nintendogs.)

The more profitable making games that are not male-centric becomes, the more diverse our gaming selection will become. So to all the girl gamers out there, Encyclopedia Gamia salutes you!

Girls in Games

Girls also play an important role in the storytelling process.

Video games are very much a male-dominated entertainment medium. And due to the interactive nature of that medium, most gamers want their avatar to be representative of themselves. As a result, very few games feature female leads. Though there has a been a recent trend in putting female characters in video games, this trend conveniently coincides with the new graphical advancements that allow for the realistic rendering of jubblies.

Often when girls do make it into games, they are given healing powers, and used as medics. This is typically to represent the mothering nature of women. If there's a female in your party, nine times out of ten she's a healer. Either that, or she carries a big sword, wears a metal thong, and looks like a lesbian.

List of female game characters


This article uses material from the "Wikia Gaming:Girl" article on the Gaming wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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[[File:|right|thumb|200px|The symbol that biologists use for female]]

A woman is a female human adult. We use the word "woman" (one woman, two or more women) to talk about biological sex, however, the term woman is also sometimes used to identify a female human, regardless of age, as in phrases such as "Women's rights".

A woman has a uterus or womb. It is a counterpart of a human male, or man. Women give birth to babies. Until the 20th century, women in most of the world did not have the right to vote, and were treated with disrespect. The symbol for the goddess Venus is used for women.

In some prehistoric cultures, women often had the roles of gathering food and looking after children. In modern times, these roles have changed a lot, with single, career oriented women becoming normal in society.

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