Supporters of the ban speculate that women distract men and that they may even “feminize,” or weaken the military.
The argument that the presence of women tends to "feminize" the universities is, he grants, more serious.
We have the moon-god attempting to feminize an unfortunate enemy.
1650s, from Latin femina (see feminine) + -ize. Related: Feminized; feminizing. Femalize (1670s, intransitive, 1709, transitive) and femininize (1868) are more rare.