Lisa Selin Davis is a writer and author, she has written articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, and many other publications.
It’s hard to be a rough-and-tumble girl in a world where pink and princesses equals feminine and everything else is boy stuff. Journalist Lisa Selin Davis joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how tomboys have pushed our ideas about gender conformity, which she writes about in “Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different.”
We are in the middle of a cultural revolution, where the spectrum of gender and sexual identities is seemingly unlimited. So when author and journalist Lisa Selin Davis's six-year-old daughter first called herself a "tomboy," Davis was hesitant. Her child favored sweatpants and T-shirts over anything pink or princess-themed, just like the sporty, skinned-kneed girls Davis had played with as a kid. But "tomboy" seemed like an outdated word-why use a word with "boy" in it for such girls at all?So was it outdated? In an era where some are throwing elaborate gender reveal parties and others are embracing they/them pronouns, Davis set out to answer that question, and to find out where tomboys fit into our changing understandings of gender.In Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different (Hachette Go), Davis explores the evolution of tomboyism from a Victorian ideal to a twenty-first century fashion statement, honoring the girls and women-and those who identify otherwise-who stomp all over archaic gender norms. She highlights the forces that have shifted what we think of as masculine and feminine, delving into everything from clothing to psychology, history to neuroscience, and the connection between tomboyism, gender identity, and sexuality.Above all else, Davis' comprehensive deep-dive inspires us to better appreciate those who defy traditional gender boundaries, and the incredible people they become.Whether you're a grown-up tomboy or raising a gender-rebel of your own, Tomboy is the perfect companion for navigating our cultural shift. It is a celebration of both diversity and those who dare to be different, ultimately revealing how gender nonconformity is a gift.Lisa Selin Davis is an essayist, novelist, and journalist who has written for major publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Time, Yahoo!, and Salon, among many others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and kids.Dr. Christina Gessler’s background is in American women’s history, and literature. She specializes in the diaries written by rural women in the 19th century. In seeking the extraordinary in the ordinary, Gessler writes the histories of largely unknown women, poems about small relatable moments, and takes many, many photos in nature. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Lisa Selin Davis join Heather to talk about what she learned while writing her new book "Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different". Lisa describes what it was like when her daughter first started dressing and acting like a "Tomboy" and how her understanding of gender has changed. Support the show by checking out these sponsors: Chomps Go to and use promo code: Heatherd15 Theragun Buy one get one offer at: com/HEATHER
Where HAVE all the tomboys gone? And can we really use that word anymore? What does it actually mean? The Two Jess(es) have an incredibly thought provoking conversation with writer and researcher, Lisa Selin Davis, a modern day tomboy expert, and author of the newly released book, Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to be Different.This conversation addresses the issues and challenges around gender non-conformity as well as the labels that we use to define gender, behaviors, and the refusal of being boxed in. Davis points out how the concept of 'Tomboyism' is actually steeped in racism and white privilege, and how gender identity is largely perpetuated by capitalism, not biology. An interesting conversation for those who are curious and want to expand their vocabulary and knowledge around gender non-conformity.Show Notes:Meet Lisa!LISA SELIN DAVIS is an essayist, novelist, and journalist who has written for major publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Time, Yahoo, and Salon, among many others. She lives with her family in New York. Davis continues to write for major publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Women's Day, Bustle, Salon, Yahoo, Time Out, and more, and her articles often open the door to both debate and celebration. Most recently, in December 2018, another article she wrote for the New York Times, “Like Tomboys and Hate Girlie Girls? That's Sexist,” went viral and sparked almost 400 comments. In 2017, her Guardian article “For Years I Thought She Was Stealing My Identity Until I Found Her” sparked 551 comments and record-breaking shares for the paper.Purchase Lisa's book! the show (
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