Tomboy: A meaningless and wrong word

According to Wikipedia, a tomboy is a girl who exhibits characteristics or behaviors considered typical of the gender role of a boy including wearing masculine clothing and engaging in games and activities that are physical in nature and are considered in many cultures to be the domain of boys (

I strongly criticize the above definition. Our way of living should be natural and depends on our own wish. It should not be decided by society or some definition.

How can anyone say that the trousers, shirts and jeans are masculine dresses? It is just a matter of comfort. If we look in history, both male and female have very similar dresses. Today we call those as traditional dresses. Nowhere trousers, shirts and jeans were traditional even for men.  But because of the comfort, men changed their dressing sense long back, but women didn’t or may not be allowed to do. Whatever!

But today when she has thought about her comfort and her wish of choosing dress, people have made some stupid definition of tomboy. Let me mention that women using trousers, shirt and jeans as their dresses are strong enough that they don’t care about meaningless definitions and use their fundamental right of dressing sense. They are intelligent enough that they are not spoiling their time to maintain uncomfortable dresses which they don’t like. They have their own style. I have personally met many girls and women who say that they wear sari/suit etc. because their father/husband like/want so. They themselves don’t like it. Moreover today we all are aware about the accidents because of saris and dupattas. Still we are behind our traditional dresses that too only for women.

Now comes the games and activities that are physical in nature, how can anyone say that washing clothes is feminine and playing cricket, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, lawn tennis etc. is masculine. Here comes the matter of time, matter of restrictions. As women normally busy since morning to evening, they didn’t have much time for all those activities. Also at many place women were not allowed to choose the games she wants to play. Being born as girl, all her works/interests were defined. How funny and unfortunate. Even today most of the professional women working 9 to 5 in office, have all sort of works at home that they don’t have much time to spend on their interest. For physical activities, we can see at many construction sites, where sometimes number of women is more than men.

I believe that the definitions like tomboy are made by depressed people. Woman involved in making such definitions may be the one who is not strong enough to live her life the way she wanted and man involved may be the one who couldn’t digest the equal right of woman and man. I strongly comment that no dresses are natural; all dresses are human-made.

I would like say that if one cannot dress the ways one want just because of meaningless tradition only for women, then what one has achieved in life?

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2 Responses to Tomboy: A meaningless and wrong word

  1. Vijay Kumar, I.R.S. says:

    This phase too shall pass…

  2. Prakhar says:

    I heard this world for the first time. But I guess now society is changing now a days if you go for morning walk or some sports complex I found girls/ladies playing there, many female player wining awards in their sports I think….. things are slowly going in right direction.

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