I’m sorry if the quote offended you and I’m sorry to hear that other women have treated you cruelly! The quote is from an article on a queer feminist site that explores the etymology of the word tomboy. A good chunk of the article is devoted to how people unfairly expect tomboys to “grow out of it” and become more “ladylike” with time. However, the end of the article also discusses the fact that some women (keyword “some” – not all tomboys) like to dissociate themselves from femininity because women are typically seen as weak and subordinate, and that is the part that I pulled the quote from. I’m sure you do not think this way, you are just doing what feels right; and I myself almost always dress/act in a way typically seen as masculine and hang out with mostly guys – simply because I feel more comfortable doing so, not because of the reason pointed out in the quote. However, I know a lot of women who do try to remove themselves from seeming like a “typical girl,” who have said crazy things to me like “I only drink dark beer, like a man” or “I don’t do that girly shit,” or even very cliche things like “you throw like a girl” – basically associating anything typically masculine with being strong, and anything typically feminine with being weak, and it is always hurtful, even for someone who is not very feminine. While it’s extremely important that women are allowed to act in “manly” ways, it is also important for women to feel comfortable acting in “girly” ways without being seen as vapid, “slutty,” powerless, or any of the other negative connotations often associated with femininity. I posted that quote in particular to call out people who behave that way because I have been encountering it a lot lately, and I think the fact that the post has almost 19,000 notes shows that a lot of other people are encountering this as well. It is not an “attack” – it is part of a larger discussion on both sides of the issue. I am sorry that other women have treated you cruelly for not conforming to typical standards of femininity – that is truly awful, and I wish people would allow others to just be who they are without their chosen gender identities and expressions being deemed “good” or “bad” based on heteronormative standards. The quote is just defending those who choose to embrace femininity and are put down for it – people who are experiencing a similar problem to yours, even though they may act/dress in an opposite fashion. Two sides of the same coin. You should give the article a read if you have some time, and again I’m sorry I upset you with the quote I posted.