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Pretty Boy

June 24, 2017

Often pretty boy is used as a derogatory phrase by men who wish to draw the line between their own construct of masculinity and the other (pretty) boy’s failed masculinity. So “Pretty Boy” represents how easily gender and gendered language can be reversed into a symbol of pride. It’s reclaiming the term and turning it into a declaration of pride.

 

 

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