Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir ~ Liz Prince

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Rating: 4.5/5

Feminist/queer studies through somebody’s personal experiences, this graphic novel is straight up my alley. Prince’s honest approach to her story makes reading this graphic memoir so worthwhile. She is open about some of the flaws in her thinking, and honest with her emotions throughout her journey. I felt connected to her various stages, particularly as an elementary going on middle school student, and her developing concerns about her body image. I remember feeling similarly, and wondering why kids were so mean about our bodies. I suppose it has to do with not being able to choose them, although that’s a silly reason to make fun of somebody, as Prince emphasizes throughout her book. 

Prince takes us through her life, from being a tomboy at age 3 up until she is at the end of her teenage years, when she uncovers some new meaning around gender. Her revelation allows her to feel more comfortable in her skin than she has ever before. I appreciate Prince bringing our attention to gender expression, and questioning societal norms. I strive to do the same, and think it’s awesome to have a tangible book to recommend that helps people think about gender expression through many stages of human life. 

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2 thoughts on “Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir ~ Liz Prince

  1. I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time, but I just don’t read graphic novels that much. I considered myself a ‘tomboy’ when I was in elementary school, because I felt like I was a little bit (or maybe more than a little bit) outside the norm, especially among girls. I was told a girl in my class that I was a tomboy and she said “Oh, that’s fine, as long as you’re not a sally-girl!” Gender stereotyping starts early. Great review! 🙂

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    1. Gender stereotyping really does start early! And it’s interesting working with kids now, it’s surprising how often adults fall prey to that kind of a discussion, or how we use it to justify negative behavior. Liz Prince really did justice to validating the emotional experience of a kid not fitting into gender stereotypes and being mad at the gender she was assigned at birth while also reflecting on how negative gender stereotyping can be for everyone.

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