I am making comics/cartoons for KIDS- KIDS are the target audience. When readers look at and think of tomboys are they going to think of lesbians? If they are KIDS why would they think that?
A tomboy, in the context I am using it in is
an energetic, sometimes boisterous female whose behavior and pursuits, are considered more typical of males than of females?
Not a lesbian.
Why would they think or assume they are gay? My sister used to be a tomboy- she liked to fight. She liked males.
Famous examples of tomboys:
Lara Croft, Buttercup from the Powerpuff Girls, the female characters from Street Fighter- Chun Li, Cammy and Sakura, and from Happy Days, Fonzie's girlfriend, Pinky Tuscadero and her sister Leather Tuscadero - all tomboys. They aren't lesbians or bisexuals.
Why would girls and young women be offended f they were referred to as tomboys?
A lot of girls and young women aren't "girly", and a lot of them do stuff that is typically associated with male behavior- that doesn't mean they are gay.
I am aware that it can also can mean a lesbian or bisexual- how and why did this term fall under this usage?