Originally Posted by bbBD
Without re-igniting old arguments: why the preoccupation with whether something may or may not be considered 'feminine'? If you like the fragrance, just wear it and don't worry about what a few passerbys may think. It's a personal decision, so who cares? There's way too many incredible fragrances to be limited by social constructs. As long as you're confident you can wear anything and there will be nothing to worry about.
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Okay, not countering your comment but adding to the discussion:
For me, it isn't about a social construct. I do wear what I want regardless of marketed gender. However, there are times when a frag will feel, what I consider "too feminine" for me to wear. Some may say they prefer to think of things as too soft, or too floral, or too powdery, but all these apply to notes in all frags. IMHO there are times when the perfect storm of these qualities come together and create something that is best described by the word "feminine". It is not necessarily a bad thing, it simply doesn't suit the tastes of some.
Though, you are probably right in thinking that most are considering "too feminine to wear" to mean something people will laugh at you for. Whether or not someone is comfortable with that concept is their own challenge. I prefer my frags to complement me and not confuse people. If I want to smell like L'Aire Du Temps, I'll come home to do it, only because i think it would be incongruous to do it in public.