[Ads-l] "Tomboy" to be replaced by ...

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Fri Oct 16 05:32:43 UTC 2015

The entire sentence is:

These days, at least in liberal enclaves, a girl who likes baseball or wants her hair cut short is more likely to be called “gender-nonconformist” or “gender-expansive,” with any suggestion that she’ll grow out of such behaviors suspect as evidence of condemning rather than honoring them.

Both terms are adjectival, I think; otherwise, an article would be required. You can’t say in the same sense “… likely to be called ‘linguist.’”

Also, the article has a nice example of reference. I’m not sure what to call it, but the genitive “boys’” is referred to by “them" as a non-gentive.

“But I wanted to wear boys’ clothes and make out with them, too.”


> Il giorno 15 ott 2015, alle ore 18:10, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> ha scritto:
> "gender-nonconformist" or "gender-expansive."=C2=A0 [I'm not sure if the se=
> cond is meant to be a noun or just an adjective.]
> http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/fashion/where-have-all-the-tomboys-gone.h=
> tml
> Atticus Finch has been discredited.=C2=A0 Will Scout now also have to chang=
> e her colors?
> Joel

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