Monday, April 27, 2015

What are the first things that you see when you look up "Boi"?

I've been using the Swagbucks Search Engine for my searches lately, and what normally comes up when I search the term boi is pictured below.

Nothing spectacular, it's a definition on Wikipedia, some shots of bois from tumblr, and a few unrelated terms.

Not to mention a host of unflattering items for sale.

I want to change that. I want to make Boi Around Town the top site on the web for information and community about Bois and boi fashion.

If you are with me, then do your part! Leave your comments, share the site with your friends, and post ideas for future posts that can help get people interested in Boi Around Town.

This site isn't about the administrator, it's about the end users and what they want and need.

To be succinct, the site is for you, the readers. Speak up!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Springtime for Bois

The weather is changing and it's getting warmer outside, so what is a boil to do?

 This is a great opportunity to really show your style and express yourself. You can go all out with a summer buzzcut, mohawk style or fauxhawk style haircut, or even go for a mainstream Pixie cut.

Now that you are done with winter coats we can think about sweaters, jackets and slacks.

As far as sweaters go there aren't many better than the Patagonia goodies and jumpers that come with a lifetime warranty and never really go out of style, but you would also do well with Ecco, FUBU, and if you a e really strapped for cash, Champion.

For slacks, jeans are always an option, especially jeans shorts, but there is a great debate over whether to wear men's jeans or women's jeans, and it usually comes down to the fit. Women's and girls jeans are a little too close for a lot of bois, and it's often easier to get their look in something baggy.

Another great option for slacks is drop crotch sweats. Once reserved for high fashion, drop crotch sweats are now serious street wear for boos all over, especially in the city scenes where a lot of culture gets started.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Boi Fashion in The Homestretch

There isn't a lot of depiction of bois in the standard media, but if you look around you can still find a few figures on the fringe. The independent film project "The Homestretch" is a documentary focused on sharing the stories of homeless youth navigating their way through life and trying to improve themselves and their situations.

One of the key figures in this documentary is Kasey, a young LGBT woman who was forced to grow up a lot faster than most when her parents forced her into the streets because of her sexual orientation. Throughout the film, she wears gender-bending gear, starting out in shorts and a tee shirt, and moving onto sagging jeans and polos, sweaters, and eventually a men's style coat and large studs in her ears.

In case you are interested in exploring the concept of homeless LGBT youth further, you can catch the film for free on PBS's home page for a few weeks but even if you don't feel like learning too much, you should check out her look.

This lady has got it put together.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What is a boi, and why I made this blog

According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia the term "boi" is defined as follows:

Boi (pluralbois) is a term used within LGBT and butch and femme communities to refer to a person's sexual and/or gender identities.[1][2] In lesbian communities, there is an increasing acceptance of variant gender expression, as well as allowing people to identify as a boi.[3][4][5] The term may denote a number of possibilities that are not mutually exclusive:[6]
  • A "boi" is (generally) the younger person who prefers older partners, and is the "boi" in a "daddy and boi" dating, relationship, or sexual situation, where "boy" and "boi", respectively, are used to differentiate between someone who is underage, and someone who just identifies as the younger who wants or needs someone older. In this context, "boi" can be masculine or effeminate, or anywhere along that spectrum, and some males identify as a "boi" well beyond their 20s, and especially so long as they are involved with older men. Often, though not always, a "boi" prefers the submissive role.
  • A younger person, possibly embodying stereotyped attributes towards casual sex and commitment in relationships, in contrast with the stereotype of the U-Haul lesbian. Bois may not identify as butch, regarding butches as playing a more powerful or responsible role – the "man of the house" – while a boi is still in a freer, younger phase.
  • A submissive butch in the BDSM community, or a younger butch in the butch-femme community.[7]
  • A young trans man, or a trans man who is in the earlier stages of transitioning.[7]
  • A term of endearment for butches by femmes.[7] It may also be used in the gay community to refer to a younger person – bisexual or gay – who may have effeminatecharacteristics.[7] The term can also be used by anyone who wishes to distinguish from heterosexual or heteronormative identities.[7]
Boi may also refer to someone assigned female at birth, who generally does not identify as, or only partially identifies as femininefemale, a girl, or a woman. Some bois aretranssexualtransgender, or intersex.[8] Some "bois" identify as one or more of these, but they almost always identify as lesbiansdykes, or queer. Many are also genderqueer or practice genderfuck. Bois may prefer a range of pronouns, including "he", "she", or non-binary and gender-neutral pronouns such as "they", "co", "hir", "sie", "zie", "xe", and "ey".[9] The term has found increasing usage in the larger LGBT culture.
The term was coined to refer to black LGBTQ people, especially black gay individuals, later being used to describe gender. "Boi" has found popularity in the Latino and Asian communities as well.[citation needed]
The term was also used as a variant of the spelling of boy when one could not register a username (particularly on AOL in the 90s when so many names were already registered) with the normal spelling boy as a part of the name. It was generally picked by younger gay males (commonly called twinks today)
That said, it's more than just a definition. Being a boi is about identity, fashion, and sense of self. It's not about what you are called, it's about what you are and want or need to be. I went looking, and I didn't find a place online for bois to go to find other people that talk and think and feel like they do.

I hope that Boi Around Town can be that place, and that over time the readers of this blog will use it as a resource and a network.

Note: Wikipedia was accessed April 13th, 2015.