Deborah Kate wrote:
once more on The Who, on reflection i much prefer the ftm interpretation. the other take would appear to have an anti-trans theme - 'boys should be boys' - with not much evidence of subversion (please correct me if you see differently), other than the actual unusual choice of subject matter.
i definitely remember that when Townshend came out as bisexual about ten years ago he said something like 'i understand how women feel because i am one.'
Here's how I see it—the nameless boy in this song is being feminized involuntarily. It's most clear in the lyrics"
"They practice making up on my face
Yeah, I feel lucky if I get trousers to wear
Spend evenings taking hairpins from my hair
I'm a boy, I'm a boy
But my ma won't admit it."
Do you ever visit websites like Fictionmania, which is mostly transgender and crossdresser porn? On this site, there are a significant number of stories in which boys/teenage boys are cleverly manipulated or coerced into crossdressing, used as models for girl's clothing, etc.—e.g. forced feminization or sissification, done by moms, aunts, sisters, dominating women or even dominating men. In these stories, it's almost inevitable that the boy adapts to, is trapped in, or discovers that he delights in being feminized.
It's as if this Who song is a 1960s-era vignette from early on in one of these online stories. Is it anti-trans? The ones in this genre that you see on Fictionmania are not-very-politically-correct products of the fertile imaginations of some transgender writers.