there needs to be something that boys are afraid of becoming. The
foundations are set early. From John Hart and Diane Richardson [The Theory
and Practice of Homosexuality. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd.
Tomboyism in girls is seen as somewhat more acceptable than sissiness in
boys. Indeed, tomboyism is often seen as a transitional phase of female
sexual development which many girls go through. Similarly, whereas the term
sissy carries implications about sexual orientation and may be applied to
older boys and men, the label tomboy does not, and is normally used in reference
to young girls only.
... and the following comes from Ruth E. Hartley [Ibid.]:
The desired behavior is rarely defined positively as something the child
should do, but, rather, undesirable behavior is indicated negatively
as something he should not do or be - anything, that is, that the
parent or other people regard as "sissy".
At sexual maturity, the connection between sissyhood and homosexuality and
the negative way of defining desired male behavior as not-a-sissy come together
in a homophobic-sissyphobic- misogynistic pattern: masculinity as we know
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