Couldn’t agree with you more Jay – so much of our language is “gender restrictive” or maybe “gender prescriptive” is a better explanation, you know what I am trying to say. Mostly we don’t even realise we say or do it. Time for change.
I’m a tomboy.
I’m a butch tomboy.
I’m a butch tomboy dyke.
No, actually, I’m not.
I’m a female.
I’m a female who enjoys active sports and adventure.
I’m a female who has often worn my hair short and doesn’t usually wear makeup.
This does not automatically make me a tomboy a butch or a dyke. No matter how often I’ve been called these names or similar terms.
I recently saw a meme on social media which made me mad. It was a picture of a girl on a skateboard. The caption read “Every cool girl is half boy”.
What the hell is that meant to mean? Only boys ride skateboards? Being ‘just’ a girl is never cool enough? Does that make a ‘cool’ boy ‘half girl’?
This meme goes hand-in-hand with my hatred of the term ‘tomboy’. The implication is that you’re not a girl if you like a…
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