Femboy is the tiktok trend shaking up gender norms
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Fellas, is it gay lớn redefine masculinity? Gen Z “femboys” on TikTok argue that it definitely isn’t – and they’re making that argument in dễ thương tennis skirts, halter tops & crushed velour dresses.
Femboys – not to be confused with their slightly more sinister cyber-cousin, e-boys – are people who identify as male or non-binary but present themselves in more traditionally feminine ways, such as through their appearance, personality or general disposition.
Look through the #femboy hashtag và you’ll find hundreds of young men wearing nail varnish, twirling in skirts, crop-tops và dresses, và generally just being really wholesome, Non-Threatening Boys.
Although the term femboy has been circulating cyberspace for a couple decades – mainly found on Reddit forums – it’s been freshly adapted by young men on TikTok wanting to lớn redefine what it means to be a man in today’s world.
Seventeen-year-old femboy Seth went viral on TikTok overnight after posting a đoạn Clip of himself wearing a tennis skirt & nail polish, with the hashtag #femboyfriday. The video clip now has over a million views & has arguably paved the way for other non-conforming boys lớn follow suit. “I wasn’t aware that there were tons of other boys like me, so the term
The community that Seth mentions has been crucial in providing other femboys a sense of belonging. Jaydden, 16, says: “When I first started posting my femboy TikToks, the community was so accepting and kind and even loving. Everyone loved what I posted and loved what I wore, which boosted my confidence immensely và made me feel accepted.”
Although cross-dressing definitely isn’t new, the femboy trover on TikTok has brought it to a whole new generation.
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Twenty-one-year-old Moy had been wearing skirts và dresses for a few years before seeing the femboy trend on TikTok, & has been ridiculed by his peers & family members in the past. “My parents wouldn’t let me wear skirts because they were scared people would think I was gay,” he says. “I know my sexuality – I’m straight – but I still want lớn wear skirts & crop-tops, go to nail salons & feel pretty.”
TikTok, says Moy, gave sầu hyên ổn a sense of validation: “Once I saw this femboy trend, I was lượt thích, ‘Oh, I bet the world is finally ready!’”
While Moy mentions that dressing more femininely doesn’t deter from his heterosexuality, Seth argues that his sexuality & femboy identity are not intrinsically linked: “Labels don’t really matter lớn me – I think I could be attracted to anyone.”
In such polarising times, it’s nothing short of heartwarming that TikTok has provided a safe haven for young people khổng lồ experiment with their gender expression. It’s clear that many femboys have sầu a lot of fun filming themselves khiêu vũ around to Kali Uchis songs in American Apparel-style skirts và crop-tops, và the trend’s millions of views và likes confirm that people are enjoying watching them, too.
But not everyone is as accepting. Many femboys have been subjected to online abuse and hatred. Comments range from homophobic slurs – even though not all femboys define as queer – khổng lồ genuine threats of violence. Femboys like Jaydden blame this on TikTok’s algorithm, which filters popular trends lớn a wider audience.
“Over time, my videos reached the wrong side of TikTok & I received thousands of hateful and homophobic comments,” he says. “It made me feel horrible for just being me and expressing myself.”
Seth has received online abuse too, but tries not lớn let it deter hyên from being himself. “I’m able khổng lồ recognise that people attaông chồng me for what I represent khổng lồ them, not who I am as an individual, so it doesn’t really bother me anymore.”
Men và boys who feel threatened by those who challenge their rigid ideas of masculinity have a tendency khổng lồ act out – it’s patriarchy 101. But femboys argue that this way of thinking is wildly outdated. Men have sầu been wearing feminine dress for decades, from David Bowie on the cover of The Man Who Sold the World to Jaden Smith & Young Thug’s long-established love sầu of dresses and skirts – with the latter saying: “When it comes to lớn swag, there’s no gender involved.”
“The femboy trover on TikTok shows that more men nowadays are comfortable with their sexuality and masculinity, và that clothing does not define any of that,” argues Jaydden. “People can wear what they want without threatening their masculinity.”
Seth echoes the sentiment: “Men often conflate femininity with weakness, when that is not at all the case.” Dressing femininely makes him feel liberated from societal restraints, he explains, & “people need to lớn see men disregard traditional norms khổng lồ deconstruct the toxic beliefs they’ve sầu been taught – visibility is the first step necessary for change”.
When I was growing up, gender non-conforming people were hugely ostracised, & it’s something that still happens now, but TikTok’s femboy trend is one of a few signs that suggest these oppressive sầu gender norms are slowly breaking down, one dễ thương dress at a time.
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