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Girly girl

Girly girl is a derogatory slang term for a woman who chooses to dress and behave in a traditionally "feminine" style, such as wearing pink or floral dresses, blouses[?] and skirts, wearing make-up, talking about relationships and other activities which are associated with the traditional gender role of a girl.

The term has become more common as a term of disdain or abuse among some people, particularly tomboys, since the "second wave" of feminism in the 1960s and '70s, after which unisex clothing and/or behaviour started to become more dominant among females. Others have defended girly girls as they have chosen to be the way they are and their lifestyle is based on choice.

See also: tomboy, femme, butch

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