What is up with the word Tomboy? Is it even politically correct to say it anymore? Without turning this into a gender studies episode, we’re going to learn where the word comes from, how it came to mean what it did, if it even does mean the same thing today, and the various translations because, yes, tomboys are everywhere and every country has its own nuanced definition and you may be surprised to learn that well, it’s a little more complex than sex, gender constructs and whether you wear skirts and climb trees.
So let’s deconstruct this!
Today’s episode features Freud’s Masculinity Complex, Calamity Jane, The Marvellous Mrs Maisel’s Suzie Myerson, and I completely butcher some foreign languages. Sorry.
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