Tomboy

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A tomboy is a girl who behaves according to the stereotypical gender role of a boy. This can include various things:

Many girls can be seen as exhibiting a mixture of both tomboy and girly girl behavior, and this has been held up by many as the "ideal" female lifestyle as their view is that if a girl either exhibits an extreme image of a tomboy or a girly girl, she misses out on too many experiences.¹ However, critics of this hold that such an idealistic image of an intermediate, "uni-sex" behavior is a stereotype by itself, and too general to actually mean anything.

Some contribute, and some tomboys themselves think, the substantial cause of their inclination is spending their childhood and/or adolescence in an environment where the male presence or action predominates, and having therefore a lack of female role models. For example,

However, this post hoc hypothesis is challenged by some tomboys' personal experiences and by modern research that suggests that tomboyishness is heavily influenced by genetic and prenatal factors. [1] (http://www.theksbwchannel.com/health/1781366/detail.html)

Historically tomboys were defined by both behaviour (according to the stereotypical gender role of boys) and wearing boys' clothing. In recent times, as the use of "traditional" clothing such as dresses, blouses and skirts steadily declines among females, the distinction has become almost solely one of behaviour. A general increase in the popularity of woman's sporting events, (see Title IX), and other activities that were traditionally male-dominated is today lessening the impact of "tomboy" as a pejorative.

Occasionally, someone who identified as a tomboy while growing up might realize that they are transgender, transsexual, or intersexual; compare transman.

Notes

¹ This "middle" philosophy was defined by one girl as "No I don't have any pink outfits or shorty shorts, I don't go for cheerleading tryouts, and I don't constantly stare in the mirror - but I also don't only shop in the boys department, dislike people for acting prissy, or get sweaty playing football every afternoon." [2] (http://www.jasonandtina.net/Tina/archives/000099.html)

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