He enjoyed seeing Nelly in trouser roles, her tomboyishness
fitting the bill perfectly for certain kinds of gender-switch drama.
Psychologists have reported cases of virilized girls, who had the masculine organs removed at birth, that later underwent psychotherapy regarding their "tomboyishness
" (Gupta, 1990; Zucker, Bradley, & Hughes, 1987).
Whereas a girl's tomboyishness
can be discerned from the clothes she wears, shorts and tennis shoes, the princess not only covers her body with "feminine" markers but puts on several layers of shifts, as if one shift were not enough to illustrate her lack of "appearance." By thus exaggerating the princess's non-compliance with her gender role with markers that do not exist in the kingdom but are traditionally regarded as "feminine" in Western and, in particular, Southern society, Porter renders socially accepted femininity of the 1920s utterly grotesque.
Most came from broken homes, and/or suffered formative misfit status (from tomboyishness
, mixed-race parents, etc.) that led them toward the punk scene.
As Evelyn told Terry (nicknamed "Tuff" for her tomboyishness
, now living in San Francisco), "you could spend hours every night fighting with Dad about whether he's being 'fair' to us--or you could do what you're doing: getting good grades, planning for college, saving your own money." If a particular era can have a mindset, Evelyn Ryan had hers: fate plus a good outlook equals success.
Engineered to identify physical, emotional, and psychological weaknesses in American boys and tomboyishness
in American girls, the Terman-Miles "M-F test" equally weeded out its potential gender (and, by association, sexual) deviants, effectively banishing them to the sociosexual borders of heteronormative society lest they be taught how to perform their genders properly.