Dude, patriarchy messed up my life – and yours too

I was a kid who adored choir practice and wanted to melt when a fly ball was hit my way, but I felt I had to pretend to be someone else

When I was seven years old, a classmate informed me that a girl who acted like a boy was known as a tomboy. But a boy who acted like a girl, my laughing friend said, was just a “sissy”.

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