So I did what I had to do: I started wearing tracksuits, beating boys at sports and video games, and listening exclusively to rock and alternative music. But still…I wasn’t happy.
How Reclaiming My Femininity Made Me Feel Powerful
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This was me. I was stuck in a confused state of “I want the boys to like me as a person” and “I want them to fancy me,” which meant trying to fit in and be cool and act like them, which meant they’d talk to me, but then I’d see the girls they *liked* who had makeup and dresses and I was totally lost.

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