The stereotypes of boyishness
and girlishness are often compounded in stressful situations such as mealtimes and assemblies," said Hellman.
In each, the work of boyishness
is revealed to be an inescapably nostalgic endeavour, albeit a curiously recursive one.
Steven Cohan, for instance, argued that postwar young Hollywood stars' youth was "interpreted, both on film and in the fan discourse, through the trope of boyishness
which mainstream American culture repeatedly drew upon after the war when representing deviations from hegemonic masculinity as a boy's impersonation of manhood, as a performance that always falls short of the original" (p.
Yet while it's fine for Bucky, whom Hartnett embodies with a bit too much of his perpetual squinty boyishness
, to be pulled toward sin, the audience needs to have a clear idea of what he wants and who he wants it with.
I had to tap into my inner boyishness
to try to get that animal instinct of seeing something and wanting to climb it.
In comparison with William's "true" boyishness
, conventional femininity appears artificial.
This young god startles with his groping for the balances, his unaffected boyishness
, his sheer ebullience.
Yet he retains a likable boyishness
and seductive intelligence, and even at his worst elicits sympathy.
The most damning line of Fowler's was lifted verbatim from the novel: "Suddenly I couldn't bear his boyishness
Stolz's androgynous looks and ability to blend boyishness
with feminine attributes prove that a girl rocking a necktie and fauxhawk can stand her ground in the high-fashion modeling industry.
These include gentlemanliness versus commonness, manliness versus womanliness, and maturity versus boyishness
, though Low is at pains to stress the complexity of the simultaneous interaction of these modes of identity.
Tall and lanky, her gait further accentuates her boyishness