Ambiguity on Pinterest


As part of preparation for my novel Boy & Girl I collected photos related to gender ambiguity on a Pinterest board (*). It was not easy to find suitable material. For some reason many males who dress as females often feel a need to exhibit their masculinity in a way that is not suitable for the wider audience. Others go in for derision which doesn’t fit with the preoccupations of Boy & Girl either. Peter, one of the main characters in the story, wanted to look like a girl not parody them.

In Boy & Girl, Peter struggles with his desire to dress as a girl, at a time when such behaviour was seen as homosexual which in turn was illegal in Britain. Both in Boy & Girl and in the subsequent In Search of Lost Girls, Peter tries to come to terms with what cross dressing means for him with the help of some extraordinary people he meets.

For sample chapters from Boy & Girl and In Search of Lost Girls, click on the titles.

The photo above is of Ella who went to great lengths to look like a girl and was very successful at it. She wrote extensively about her situation and about her desire to transition to being a girl. There’s a link to her webpage on Pinterest.

(*) Note that Pinterest deleted all my content and my account without the slightest explanation.

2 Replies to “Ambiguity on Pinterest”

    1. Hi Andi. What are the “those” you refer to?
      My book, Boy & Girl, which is fiction, explores how a twelve year old boy handles people’s extreme reactions to him dressing as a girl. Not that people actually see him doing so. There was no question of him exploring such tendencies in public in 1960. But a few people instinctively felt something was “different”.

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