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I'm looking for a noun that encompasses both hypermasculinity and hyperfemininity.

The characters portrayed in movies such as Grease are strong examples of _________, as all the men have a heightened sense of masculinity while the women have a heightened sense of femininity.

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    Is it true that the characters in, e.g., Grease have "heightened" senses of masculinity and femininity? Aren't they more (gender-normative) representations of stereotypical men and women? (Not that this invalidates your question.)
    – Miztli
    Apr 25, 2019 at 14:22
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    Sexual-stereotypes? Men behave like real men, women behave like real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri behave like real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri (with apologies to Douglas Adams' original).
    – TripeHound
    Apr 25, 2019 at 14:32
  • If the term were hypersexuality, the characters would not be examples of hypersexuality.
    – Toothrot
    Apr 25, 2019 at 16:27
  • Sexual dimorphism is the biological equivalent.
    – Stuart F
    Jul 13, 2022 at 19:50

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The term hypergender applies.

Here's a paper on hypergender ideologies.

And a book, which cites a definition of hypergender as:

persons who exhibit very strong adherence to their gender stereotype.

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  • "The characters portrayed in movies such as Grease are strong examples of hypergender, as all the men have a heightened sense of masculinity while the women have a heightened sense of femininity." Apr 25, 2019 at 14:57
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    Wouldn't that be an adjective?
    – sas08
    Apr 25, 2019 at 15:55
  • And the noun derived from hypergender would be...? Apr 26, 2019 at 3:07

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