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    The softboy flag.
    Softboy (also known as soft boy or softboi) describes a less masculine boy who is described as "cute" based on their soft or gentle characteristics. Mainly boys who express their softness a lot. It can be used to describe trans men who do not subscribe to every element of traditional or mainstream masculinity.

    The girl equivalent is softgirl.

    History

    The usage of "soft boy" predates the internet, usually in reference to young boys who were agreeable in nature and kind, but sometimes with more negative connotations (eg. someone unable to hold their own in a fight). The term growingly became negative throughout the 2000s and early 2010s. By the late 2010s, it became known as a subculture and aesthetic, which included boys who rejected traditional masculinity; however, some negative connotations remained.[1][2] There are mentions of softboy being a term coined by transmasculine individuals, but its usage predates this and no actual coining can be found.[3]

    Flag

    The softboy flag was created by Tumblr user beyond-mogai-pride-flags on July 21, 2018.[4]

    References

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