"Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short and wear shirts and boots because it’s okay to be a boy; for girls it’s like promotion.

But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading, according to you, because secretly you believe that being a girl is degrading.”

― Ian McEwan, The Cement Garden (later used in Madonna’s What It Feels Like For A Girl)

What they say:

  • "Don’t act girly"
  • "Don’t be fem"
  • "Straight-acting only"
  • "Real men only"
  • "No queens"

The message they send:

  • "For a boy to act like a girl is degrading."

It’s not just internalised homophobia; it’s also sexist.

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