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This article explores the tomboy trope in film and literature and the "taming" that characterizes it, framing both in relation to contemporary debates about gender and sexual identity as well as cultural anxieties around queer, trans, and nonbinary identity. Examining texts from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women to the 1980 film Little Darlings, the article argues that even while the term tomboy may be obsolete, tomboy narratives document processes of rebellion that hold continuing value.

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Lynne Stahl. (June 30, 2019 Sunday). 'Tomboy' is anachronistic. But the concept still has something to teach us.. The Washington Post. Retrieved from



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