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13451483, I refuse the "tomboy" characterization entirely
Posted by Cold Truth, Mon Jan-10-22 08:11 PM
IMO Moana, and other such heroines, are just people forging their own path, independent of any traditional social/gender expectation.

That's exactly how I frame it to my daughter too; there's no such thing as a "tomboy".

IMO it reinforces the idea that whatever she is/does that would normally fall under a "boy" umbrella makes some "other" form of girl.

Rather, any such interests are perfectly valid expressions of that character's own (i.e: regardless of anyone else's expectation) identity, and thus the same holds true for herself in the real world.

She definitely identifies more with the Raya/Moana/Mirabel types of the Disney world, than their traditional "rescue me" princesses.

She doesn't even rock with Elsa like that anymore, despite being more of a bridge between the two.