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  1. Wordworth United States

    In the middle ages in the Arab world, the word for this was “gulamiyyat”… a girl with a most boyish appearance. It was very popular in early 9th century Baghdad. Women were trying to fool men, who generally preferred boys to women! Maybe that is why women today try to look like boys, too, with their short (colored) blond hair.

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      1. Wordworth United States

        I am sure they “just like the look.” But whether they are naive about this or not, it is a look that is borrowed from boys, who look that way naturally. This is exactly my point.

        Some women (but certainly not most of them), when they want to make themselves look better, choose to do things which make themselves look like a boy. It must be said, women do not generally look to men to decide what would make themselves attractive. They look at other women in magazines or on the street.

        Someone also said the popularity of 50 Shades of Grey among women had nothing to do at all with any women’s fantasies of being sexually dominated in or out of bed, it was just a story, nothing to do with anything!

        1. Vera United States

          “But whether they are naive about this or not, it is a look that is borrowed from boys, who look that way naturally. ”

          Short hair is no more natural on a boy than it is on a girl. We are talking about social constructs here, and fairly recent ones at that.

          1. Wordworth United States

            Point taken, but… It is similar to wearing pink. When a male wears pink without our culture, it is usually because they want people to associate them with femininity. People don’t wear these looks in the absence of the culturally-constructed meanings surrounding them. Language is a “social construction” too but you don’t go around saying “fuck fuck fuck fuck” all the time just because you like the sound of it.

        2. Penboy United States

          @Wordworth:
          “When a male wears pink without our culture, it is usually because they want people to associate them with femininity.”

          Always wearing a white shirt with a tie can be quite boring, not only in appearance, but also in semblance of their personality. But, mix that up with a light blue, pink or some other [usually] solid color with a tie can make a MAN appear well-dressed and not the least bit “feminine.” And same with an appropriate stripe shirt, or something else.

          Even a darker pink shirt with appropriate pants or other attire can make one look well-dressed and NOT “feminine.”

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  2. Fotojantje Netherlands

    As an amateur photographer I admire the photo and the beauty of the model…I am not concerned about the gender.

  3. Vera United States

    Just a few questions to all: Did you think this person was attractive when you thought she was a boy? If so, do you still find her attractive as a woman? And if not, why not?

    1. Penboy United States

      “Did you think this person was attractive when you thought she was a boy? If so, do you still find her attractive as a woman?”

      Yes, to both. But it’s just attractiveness, i.e., surface appearance.

    2. Wordworth United States

      It’s a bit of a leading question: I never thought she was a boy. Attractive? Yes, in the physical sense. I would have sex with her. Attractive in other senses? Not so much. She would not like to have sex with me, not the way a boy would.

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