Where Have All the Tomboys Gone? A Conversation on Gender Non-Conformity with Author and Researcher Lisa Selin Davis
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Where HAVE all the tomboys gone? And can we really use that word anymore? What does it actually mean? The Two Jess(es) have an incredibly thought provoking conversation with writer and researcher, Lisa Selin Davis, a modern day tomboy expert, and author of the newly released book, Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to be Different.
This conversation addresses the issues and challenges around gender non-conformity as well as the labels that we use to define gender, behaviors, and the refusal of being boxed in. Davis points out how the concept of 'Tomboyism' is actually steeped in racism and white privilege, and how gender identity is largely perpetuated by capitalism, not biology.
An interesting conversation for those who are curious and want to expand their vocabulary and knowledge around gender non-conformity.

Show Notes:

Meet Lisa!
LISA SELIN DAVIS is an essayist, novelist, and journalist who has written for major publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Time, Yahoo, and Salon, among many others. She lives with her family in New York. Davis continues to write for major publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Women's Day, Bustle, Salon, Yahoo, Time Out, and more, and her articles often open the door to both debate and celebration. Most recently, in December 2018, another article she wrote for the New York Times, “Like Tomboys and Hate Girlie Girls? That's Sexist,” went viral and sparked almost 400 comments. In 2017, her Guardian article “For Years I Thought She Was Stealing My Identity Until I Found Her” sparked 551 comments and record-breaking shares for the paper.

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