Personally, I'd [say that I] dress masculine, traditionally speaking, [but] I think we're making progress accepting the tomboy
Wildfang, founded by Portlanders and Nike breakaways Emma McIlroy and Julia Parsley, seeks to corner the market on tomboy
style by tapping into what they say is an unmet consumer demand for tomboy-inspired fashions.
The Government and the police have sought to stem the trend and prevent its spread by banning emos and tomboys
, along with youth with suspect sexual orientation from our schools and colleges.
I don't know how many "tomboys
" out there can relate to this but I love outdoor activities and I enjoy riding my bike, street soccer and wearing what I feel most comfortable in--sneakers and jeans.
Melissa and Alex, who both identified as tomboys
in their early childhoods, raised the following issues about resisting and negotiating gender norms.
For example, Haldeman (2000), who refers to tomboys
as "gender atypical", reports that some tomboys
may suffer harassment and rejection at the hands of their peers.
The contributors to Sissies and Tomboys
consider how the stigma of illness influences a child's development and what homosexual childhood, freed from the constraints of conventionally acceptable gender expression, might look like.
If one were to judge by the title alone, Jo's Girls.' Tomboy
Tales of High Adventure, True Grit, and Real Life would seem to promise little more than pleasant, escapist reading.
Referencing Diane Keaton and Marlene Dietrich, who are famous for their androgynous fashion sense, Grossinger says that being a tomboy
is not a new trend.
Researchers also found that tomboys
were likely to have older brothers and parents with highly masculine trends.
We would dress up so we could earn money for a horse and our tomboy
type of life." It was as if they had a secret identity, Sia says, "like Superman: going out and doing a few things and coming back to the phone booth and being ourselves." Before they could model at fashion shows, Shane says, they had to ask male-to-female transsexual friends "how to walk and put on makeup."
Wildfang icons include silver screen star (and power lesbian of Tinseltown's golden age) Marlene Dietrich: androgynous punk provocateur Patti Smith; and the gender blurring A-lister Tilda Swinton (channeled by the equally androgynous Hannah Billie of Gossip), along with Francoise Hardy, Gwen Stefani and Diane Keaton--all fierce tomboys
in their own right.