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Bullish: Tomboys, Career Women, Male Models and Other Words We Should Dismiss Forthwith

April 5, 2012

Bullish: Tomboys, Career Women, Male Models and Other Words We Should Dismiss Forthwith

Is the term “tomboy” pejorative yet?

I would be severely confused, rather than insulted, if someone called me a tomboy today (I’ve jumped out of an airplane, but I’m sure I wore eyeliner), but if I had a daughter who just wanted to climb a damn tree without worrying about her underwear showing and someone called her a tomboy, I’d be pissed, especially if my daughter were also perturbed.

In fact, I’m reminded of a scene from Idiocracy (the best banned-by-corporations underground-cult-movie-even-though-it-stars-Luke-Wilson flick ever) in which a man says: “Why do you keep trying to read that word? You a fag?” More »

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