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Reaction Paper #2

Reaction Paper #2 - Sarah Levy SWMS 301 Reaction Paper#2...

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Sarah Levy 2/29/04 SWMS 301 Reaction Paper #2: Female Masculinity When I was a little girl, I played with the boys. I didn’t think of myself as a tomboy—or anything other than a kid—until I was told by Allie Johnson that I was a “wannabe girly ninja turtle.” Allie was right about the ninja turtle part. But not the girly. Halberstam claims “tomboyism generally describes an extended childhood period of female masculinity” (course reader, Halberstam). However, the definition is not fully explained. What does “extended” childhood mean? At age four, should a little girl stop playing with boy dolls, and put Ken in between Barbie’s legs? Or is it at age three? If a female child starts walking before her twin brother, is she an overly-aggressive, overly- developed “tomboy”? My “extended childhood period of female masculinity” has continued until this very evening. In fact, I do not anticipate it waning tomorrow, next week, or even next year. Perhaps after menopause my body will stop producing testosterone.
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