‘Tomboy’ is anachronistic. But the concept still has something to teach us.

This article by Lynne Stahl originally appeared in Washington Post

The attempt to fix the tomboy by marrying her off invites disturbing associations with real-life medical practices that “correct” high levels of hormones associated with masculine characteristics. Though less physically invasive, the creative industries have their own ways of imposing corrective measures. Alcott, who never married, was well aware of the narrative constraints she and Jo faced.

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