More Than Words: Tomboys R Us
THIS whenever some girl brags about being “one of the boys” or says something like “I’m not like other girls, I LOVE [stereotypically masculine thing].”
I think that going through this phase of internalized misogyny was a necessary step toward feminism for me. I went from hating girls, to hating being a girl, to hating patriarchy.
I see this as part of the learning process that occurs before your eyes open to the world. The eye opening part doesn’t happen for everyone, and having this point of view is wrong, but I think that there is a tendency to demonize girls (particularly teenage girls) who have the “I’m not like other girls” mentality when it could be seen as a tool for getting girls to examine why they feel the need to distance themselves from being a girl.