All About Tomboys

This is a survey for current and/or former tomboys to be used as anonymous research for the book TOMBOY: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different. If you are a parent answering with or for your child, please answer from the child's POV. If you are a former tomboy, please answer on behalf of your former tomboy self where applicable. The questions are based on some of the theories in the scientific literature about tomboys. Thank you so much and please feel free to pass the survey on!

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* 1. What does the word tomboy mean to you?

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* 2. What is your earliest recollection of the word tomboy?

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* 3. At what age were you labeled or did you label yourself a tomboy?

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* 4. How positive or negative were or are your associations with the word tomboy?

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* 5. How positive or negative were or are the associations with the word tomboy among your friends and family?

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* 6. How accepting were/are your parents? [Parents: You can answer as yourselves]

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* 7. If you rejected the word tomboy, why?

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* 8. How happy or comfortable were/are you being a tomboy? Please describe.

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* 9. How many male friends did/do you have during your tomboy days?

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* 10. How interested were/are you in what we think of as “girl” toys and times, like dolls and princess items?

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* 11. How interested were/are you in what we think of as “boy” toys and times, like trucks and balls?

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* 12. How often did/do you wear what we think of as “boy” clothes: sweatpants, athletic shorts, t-shirts, etc?

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* 13. How often did/do you wear what we think of as “girl” clothes, like skirts and dresses?

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* 14. Did/do you wear boys’ underwear?

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* 15. Did you have feelings of wanting to be a boy?

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* 16. Did you have feelings of being a boy?

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* 17. Did/Do you have a mother and a father and, if so, which were you closest to?

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* 18. Were you bullied or teased for your tomboyishness? Explain. 

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* 19. Did anything about your tomboy ways change during or after puberty?

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* 20. Overall, how would you describe your feeling about being a tomboy?

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