Tomboy is a type of girl who exhibits characteristics or behaviors considered typical of a boy. Common characteristics include wearing masculine clothing and engaging in games and activities that are physical in nature and are considered in many cultures to be unfeminine or the domain of boys. This aesthetic often features feminist themes.
The tomboy concept has developed over the years, as stated in this article. Around the 1840s-1860s the tomboy concept was actually rooted in racist and misogynistic ideas. Since white people feared that their race would die out, they became concerned for the health of white women and therefore encouraged them to lead more active and typically male life styles. This was also thought to prepare them for marriage and motherhood. This later linked to third wave feminism.
The current most accepted form of tomboy mostly links to LGBT+ culture, especially gender non conforming woman loving women and butch/ stud lesbians. Tomboyism could also be linked to the 'girl boss' movement, which centers women who succeed within capitalism.
The tomboy visual most often includes things such:
- video games
- colors which are viewed as more "masculine" - ex. blues, greens, grays
- physical activity such as climbing or running
- clothing torn from physical activity
- cuffed jeans
- sneakers and football shoes
- shorter or messy hair
Tomboy fashion centers masculine and androgynous clothes. Key clothing brands may include: