What are some reasons a girl would pretend to be a guy?

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I'm curious to know some reasons why a girl would need to pretend to be a guy?
  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    all very freudian i am sure - penis envy
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    It might be genetic, or it might be how her parents and society conditioned her.
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    Originally Posted by fedor50 View Post

    I'm curious to know some reasons why a girl would need to pretend to be a guy?
    Well Mulan did it to save her father and save her people from a Hun invasion led by Shan Yu.

    Portia did it to save a man from being imprisoned (Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice")

    Wow, Wikipedia has a whole list of real historical characters of women impersonating men. Even Mulan was based on someone who may have been an actual historical character. Lots of compelling reasons for it. Truth really is stranger than fiction:

    Historical List of Women Impersonating Men
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    She could be 'transgender' (think she is a male born in a female body) or 'gender confused'.

    She could be a lesbian and say she loves women but acts like a man because it is really men she loves so much that she wants to be one. (penis envy)

    She could be doing it because she feels too vulnerable as a woman.

    Maybe was abused and wants to hide.

    Maybe her father wanted a boy -

    Lots of possibilities.
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      What I want to know is why do you want to know.

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    • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
      Originally Posted by Patrician View Post

      She could be 'transgender' (think she is a male born in a female body) or 'gender confused'.

      She could be a lesbian and say she loves women but acts like a man because it is really men she loves so much that she wants to be one. (penis envy)

      She could be doing it because she feels too vulnerable as a woman.

      Maybe was abused and wants to hide.

      Maybe her father wanted a boy -

      Lots of possibilities.
      Maybe the niche she is in, makes more money if she is "male"
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    I do occasionally see lesbian couples with one partner behaving and dressed like a male and the other very feminine. The feminine one of such a relationship must be borderline heterosexual, attracted to a manly woman, but not to men. Why are there butches? That's just the way they like to be is my wild guess. It doesn't bother me.
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      So she can pee standing up?
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    The scary possibility is she IS a man - pretending to be a woman who is pretending to be a man.

    Stranger things have happened...
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    She can be part of the Feminist Movement and wants to infiltrate the male society.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    To go back for seconds at the buffet without anyone knowing?
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    Maybe she just want to feel how it feels like to be a guy a tough one.
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    Maybe she's built like a truck?
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    • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Maybe she's built like a truck?
      no offense.. but .. what the heck does that actually mean ?

      Square with a large back bumper?
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  • Profile picture of the author YoungAndOpulent
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    I have no idea, especially when America practically bends over backwards to please women.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I used to "butch down" if I was going to walk anywhere at night. I figured someone would be less likely to hassle a guy out on their own than a female alone at night.

    Then I got a BIG BIG doggy and some martial arts training and figure if anyone is stupid enough to mess with us out walking, they were probably in more danger than me - and I quit taking off makeup and tucking hair under a hat. And that's when the rumors stopped...................
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      I used to "butch down" if I was going to walk anywhere at night. I figured someone would be less likely to hassle a guy out on their own than a female alone at night.

      Then I got a BIG BIG doggy and some martial arts training and figure if anyone is stupid enough to mess with us out walking, they were probably in more danger than me - and I quit taking off makeup and tucking hair under a hat. And that's when the rumors stopped...................
      Ha ha, that's a good one Sal.
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      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      I used to "butch down" if I was going to walk anywhere at night. I figured someone would be less likely to hassle a guy out on their own than a female alone at night.

      Then I got a BIG BIG doggy and some martial arts training and figure if anyone is stupid enough to mess with us out walking, they were probably in more danger than me - and I quit taking off makeup and tucking hair under a hat. And that's when the rumors stopped...................
      I'll bet you're dangerous. People with backgrounds in dancing pick up martial arts extraordinarily quickly.
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      • Profile picture of the author HeySal
        Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

        I'll bet you're dangerous. People with backgrounds in dancing pick up martial arts extraordinarily quickly.
        How the hell did you know that? I don't remember ever mentioning on this forum that I used to teach dance.
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        • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
          Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

          How the hell did you know that? I don't remember ever mentioning on this forum that I used to teach dance.
          You have mentioned it before here here. I recall it from a post in which I think you were saying something like that in dance schools (something outside of my realm of experience) there is a culture of positivism that clashes with the fact that some people are just plain clumsy and untalented, lol, or something like that if I understood it correctly.
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    how come you want to know

    thanks

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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    It IS funny! Today, a woman could dress darn close to a man, and not get even the whisper of a rumor. They can play sports, and even go into the military. As far as penis envy, etc... dressing up wouldn't help it. But yeah, I don't understand it either.

    I once heard a story, TRUE and on the news, about a girl that pretended to be a younger boy. I don't know if anyone said why. And she was in SCHOOL! Outside of maybe seeing how some younger boys would treat her, and what they thought, what could she hope to accomplish?

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    • Profile picture of the author Riptor
      There is plenty of them that frequent the pubs where I live... and that's fine with me... it's just that it gets really embarrassing when they beat you at arm wrestling.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I was going to mention what Sal already said...for safety reasons. At 5' 3" I probably couldn't pull it off. But I do understand situations where it could be useful.

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    And the Number One reason a girl would pretend to be a guy: She's a member of an international bratwurst smuggling ring.
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  • Profile picture of the author Beverley Boorer
    Hey guys, in spite of all the cutsie answers to this questions there could be a legit reason for this. You see, she could be an author who has written in a genre that is mostly frequented by males and so she creates a male image and pen name for herself. Very often males are taken more seriously than females. Business people don't try and scam them so much either. So when the movie moguls come knocking on her door hoping to make a movie of her book series, they will offer her a lot more dough for the rights. So long as she doesn't let on she's a female. This could get sticky if she has to be seen in person. But she might decide to make a really mysterious character out of that pen name and trick everyone. In fact, some authors have done this over the years.
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    So that she can conceal a weapon? So if anyone asks, she can answer with the proverbial "no I'm just happy to see you".
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    So she won't have to do the dishes?



    <slowly backs out of the room keeping his head on a swivel.....>
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    • Profile picture of the author garyv
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      So she won't have to do the dishes?



      <slowly backs out of the room keeping his head on a swivel.....>
      Uh ohhh now you've started it (just for the record)....


      So that someone will make her a sandwich?
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      • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
        Originally Posted by garyv View Post

        Uh ohhh now you've started it (just for the record)....


        So that someone will make her a sandwich?
        What's with you people and your attitude?

        So someone can bring her a beer as she watches UFC reruns.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
          Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

          What's with you people and your attitude?

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          You sound like a guy pretending to be a girl.
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          • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
            Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

            You sound like a guy pretending to be a girl.
            I guess I learned a thing or two by osmosis, being exposed to that kind of nagging tone.

            (I sneak away)
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              Some people are born in a different body than the one which they wanted to be.
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    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      So she won't have to do the dishes?



      <slowly backs out of the room keeping his head on a swivel.....>
      Originally Posted by garyv View Post

      Uh ohhh now you've started it (just for the record)....


      So that someone will make her a sandwich?
      So she can sit in a room full of men who think they are talking outside of the earshot of any females and so say really stupid shit that will tip her off to which jerks to stay away from when she puts her dress and heels back on?
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
        Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

        So she can sit in a room full of men who think they are talking outside of the earshot of any females and so say really stupid shit that will tip her off to which jerks to stay away from when she puts her dress and heels back on?
        This is probably the most likely reason.

        OR

        She wants to earn what she's actually worth.


        (I couldn't resist)
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