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Boi (plural: bois) is a term used within LGBT and butch and femme communities to refer to a person's sexual and gender identity.[1][2] In lesbian communities, there is an increasing acceptance of variant gender expression and intersexuality, as well as allowing people to self-identify with labels such as boi.[3][4][5] The term may denote a number of possibilities that are not mutually exclusive:[6]

  • A younger person who looks and acts like a young, heterosexual male, possibly embodying stereotyped attributes towards casual sex and commitment in relationships, in contrast with the stereotype of the U-Haul lesbian. Bois may not identify as butch, regarding butches as playing a more powerful or responsible role – the "man of the house" – while a boi is still in a freer, younger phase.
  • A young man who appears to be an adolescent, but is actually of legal age.
  • A submissive butch in the BDSM community, or a younger butch in the butch-femme community.[7]
  • A male who identifies as a submissive/slave in BDSM.[8]
  • A young transman, or a transman who is in the earlier stages of transitioning.[7]
  • A term of endearment for butches by femmes.[7] It may also be used in the gay community to refer to a younger person – bisexual or gay – who may have effeminate characteristics.[7] The term can also be used by anyone who wishes to distinguish from heterosexual or heteronormative identities.[7]

Boi may also refer to a female-born or female-bodied person—sometimes transsexual, transgendered, or intersexed, sometimes not—that generally does not identify as, or only partially identifies as feminine, female, a girl, or a woman.[9] Some "bois" identify as one or more of these, but they almost always identify as lesbians, dykes, or queers. Many are also genderqueer or practice genderfuck. Bois may prefer a range of pronouns, including "he", "she", or gender-neutral pronouns such as "hir", "sie", "zie", and "ey".[10] The term has found increasing usage in the larger LGBT culture.

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References

  1. ^ Maran, Meredith; Angela Watrous (2005, ISBN:1930722508). "50 Ways to Support Lesbian & Gay Equality: The Complete Guide to Supporting Family, Friends, Neighbors — or Yourself ...". New World Library. http://books.google.com/books?id=O3Pk1-8oIZYC&dq=lesbian+boi+gender+expression&lr=&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  2. ^ Levy, Ariel; Angela Watrous (2006, ISBN:0743284283). "Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture". Simon and Schuster. http://books.google.com/books?id=IubF3WamjDYC&dq=lesbian+%22boi%22+gender+expression&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  3. ^ Ilyasova, K. Alex (November 2006). "Dykes on Bikes and the Regulation of Vulgarity". International Journal of Motorcycle Studies. http://ijms.nova.edu/November2006/IJMS_Artcl.Ilyasova.html. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  4. ^ Epstein, Debbie; Richard Johnson (1998, p. 19). "Schooling Sexualities". Buckingham: Open University Press. http://ijms.nova.edu/November2006/IJMS_Artcl.Ilyasova.html. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  5. ^ Linden, Merritt (27 February 2008). "Radical to Raunch: Articulating and Anticipating Contemporary Lesbian Feminism — An Analysis of Levy’s Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture". Utrecht University. http://66.102.1.104/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=cache:yLRtUm8G8qEJ:igitur-archive.library.uu.nl/student-theses/2008-0429-200701/Linden%2520CWSCP%2520Thesis.doc+lesbian+boi+gender+expression. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  6. ^ Curzan, Anne (2003, ISBN:0521820073). "Gender Shifts in the History of English". Cambridge University Press. http://books.google.com/books?id=VzzOWXsmb2QC&dq=%22boi%22+gender+expression+terms&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Crain, Chris (2007-11-22). "Who’s The Fairest Twink Of Them All?". San Francisco Bay Times. http://www.sfbaytimes.com/index.php?sec=article&article_id=7066. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  8. ^ http://www.informedconsent.co.uk/dictionary/Boy/
  9. ^ Faderman, Lillian; Stuart Timmons (2006, ISBN:046502288X). "Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians". Basic Books. http://books.google.com/books?id=I5SVsJmVxDUC&dq=%22boi%22+gender+expression+terms&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  10. ^ "Boi or grrl? Pop culture redefining gender". MSNBC. 2005-10-01. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9556134/. Retrieved 2007-05-07.  Published October 1, 2005

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