Teenage boys – queer & straight – are twirling in xinh tươi dresses and skirts under viral hashtags like #femboyfriday.

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Fellas, is it gay khổng lồ redefine masculinity? Gen Z “femboys” on TikTok argue that it definitely isn’t – và they’re making that argument in cute tennis skirts, halter tops & crushed velour dresses.

Femboys – not lớn be confused with their slightly more sinister cyber-cousin, e-boys – are people who identify as male or non-binary but present themselves in more traditionally feminine ways, such as through their appearance, personality or general disposition.

Look through the #femboy hashtag & you’ll find hundreds of young men wearing nail varnish, twirling in skirts, crop-tops and dresses, & generally just being really wholesome, Non-Threatening Boys.

Although the term femboy has been circulating cyberspace for a couple decades – mainly found on Reddit forums – it’s been freshly adapted by young men on TikTok wanting lớn redefine what it means lớn be a man in today’s world.

Seventeen-year-old femboy Seth went viral on TikTok overnight after posting a Clip of himself wearing a tennis skirt & nail polish, with the hashtag #femboyfriday. The đoạn phim now has over a million views & has arguably paved the way for other non-conforming boys khổng lồ follow suit. “I wasn’t aware that there were tons of other boys like me, so the term gave sầu me a community,” Seth tells mni-alive.com.

The community that Seth mentions has been crucial in providing other femboys a sense of belonging. Jaydden, 16, says: “When I first started posting my femboy TikToks, the community was so accepting and kind và even loving. Everyone loved what I posted and loved what I wore, which boosted my confidence immensely & made me feel accepted.”

Although cross-dressing definitely isn’t new, the femboy trkết thúc on TikTok has brought it khổng lồ a whole new generation.

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Twenty-one-year-old Moy had been wearing skirts and dresses for a few years before seeing the femboy trover on TikTok, & has been ridiculed by his peers & family members in the past. “My parents wouldn’t let me wear skirts because they were scared people would think I was gay,” he says. “I know my sexuality – I’m straight – but I still want khổng lồ wear skirts và crop-tops, go to lớn nail salons and feel pretty.”

TikTok, says Moy, gave sầu him a sense of validation: “Once I saw this femboy trend, I was lượt thích, ‘Oh, I bet the world is finally ready!’”

While Moy mentions that dressing more femininely doesn’t deter from his heterosexuality, Seth argues that his sexuality and femboy identity are not intrinsically linked: “Labels don’t really matter to lớn me – I think I could be attracted to anyone.”

In such polarising times, it’s nothing short of heartwarming that TikTok has provided a safe haven for young people lớn experiment with their gender expression. It’s clear that many femboys have sầu a lot of fun filming themselves khiêu vũ around to Kali Uchis songs in American Apparel-style skirts & crop-tops, & the trend’s millions of views và likes confirm that people are enjoying watching them, too.

But not everyone is as accepting. Many femboys have been subjected to online abuse và hatred. Comments range from homophobic slurs – even though not all femboys define as queer – khổng lồ genuine threats of violence. Femboys like Jaydden blame this on TikTok’s algorithm, which filters popular trends to a wider audience.

“Over time, my videos reached the wrong side of TikTok & I received thousands of hateful & homophobic comments,” he says. “It made me feel horrible for just being me và expressing myself.”

Seth has received online abuse too, but tries not khổng lồ let it deter hlặng from being himself. “I’m able to recognise that people attaông xã me for what I represent to lớn them, not who I am as an individual, so it doesn’t really bother me anymore.”

Men and boys who feel threatened by those who challenge their rigid ideas of masculinity have sầu a tendency to lớn act out – it’s patriarchy 101. But femboys argue that this way of thinking is wildly outdated. Men have sầu been wearing feminine dress for decades, from David Bowie on the cover of The Man Who Sold the World to Jaden Smith and Young Thug’s long-established love sầu of dresses & skirts – with the latter saying: “When it comes khổng lồ swag, there’s no gender involved.”

“The femboy trover on TikTok shows that more men nowadays are comfortable with their sexuality và masculinity, & that clothing does not define any of that,” argues Jaydden. “People can wear what they want without threatening their masculinity.”

Seth echoes the sentiment: “Men often conflate femininity with weakness, when that is not at all the case.” Dressing femininely makes hyên ổn feel liberated from societal restraints, he explains, & “people need lớn see men disregard traditional norms to lớn deconstruct the toxic beliefs they’ve been taught – visibility is the first step necessary for change”.

When I was growing up, gender non-conforming people were hugely ostracised, and it’s something that still happens now, but TikTok’s femboy trover is one of a few signs that suggest these oppressive gender norms are slowly breaking down, one cute dress at a time.


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