What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘tomboy’? Little girls with scruffy hair, running around a garden in dungarees? Girls that played sport for fun or fully-grown women who like climbing mountains and don’t wear make-up?
When I was young, tomboy was a label we relished in. It was a badge of honour in my eyes. It meant I was sporty, fast, brave, independent. I didn’t care about getting my clothes dirty, climbing trees or playing football with the boys.
The term ‘tomboy’ has been bandied around a lot – from the pages of fashion magazines to Sweaty Betty’s new fitness range. There are whole blogs dedicated to ‘tomboy style’.
But in recent years, we’re hearing the word ‘tomboy’ less and less. Is this because the term just no longer relevant to girls and women today?