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Posted by Philip on 6 October 2013, 12:12 pm in , , , , ,

Boy George

When I was a kid, there were girls and boys, men and women. My sister was a bit of a tomboy (hardly surprising perhaps, given she had two older brothers). Truth be known, I was a bit of bit of a sissy (not as acceptable as my sister's gender-non-stereotypical behaviour) but, apart from 'big boys don't cry', I was never particularly shamed on account of it.

Those were the early 70s and 80s. Cut to the mid-80s, as puberty and adolescent coarsed through my body and threw open my mind, one afternoon I was watching Ready to Roll and a new song appeared on the charts: "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" by Culture Club. The group was fronted by this person over whom, for the next couple of weeks (there was no Google back then), I obsessed. Whether they were female or male, I really couldn't tell.

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