Date: Wed, 15 Nov 1995 12:33:38 -0600 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: Tomboy & Sissy > However, I know someone who works in the Georgia prison system who > regularly uses "tomboy" and "sissy" to refer to the female and male > homosexuals in prison. He became a teenager in the South in the 1950s. Is > he using a personal set of euphemisms or did I miss something as a naive > child? I don't remember any connection of "sissy" and "tomboy" with homosexuality when I was a child in the South in the early '50s, probably because my friends and I hadn't heard of homosexuality at that point. (I can't remember how old I was when I first heard of it, but I do remember the introduction. A neighbor told me that the word "queer" referred to "people who were half male and half female and lived in New Orleans." I was old enough to be aware that New Orleans wasn't very far away from Jackson, because I remember having a frightening image of a huge tribe of large, hermaphroditic creatures heading out of New Orleans through South Mississippi.) Later, possibly during my teenaged years in the late '50s, I began to hear an association between "sissy" and homosexual. I don't think I ever heard such an association for "tomboy." --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]