Girlprox or Girl-Proximal ( also known as Woman-Proximal or Wprox) is a term with many possible means but in general is a term for anyone who experiences are connection to girlhood or womanhood, (regardless of their actual gender). This includes:
- Binary women (both cis and trans women). This group experiences girlness because they are girls. They will usually also experience "girlhood".
- People who are not necessarily 100% women. For example, demigirls may not be fully women, or genderfluid people as they might not always be women, or non-binary people who identify with femininity but do identify as "women" necessarily. This group experiences a connection to girlhood, but not completely to girlness, because they are not women.
It is a similar concept to woman aligned or feminine aligned, though genderprox still includes binary women.
"Girlhood" is a large concept that is hard to define, but it is typically an experience that comes from being seen as female by society. Some examples of girlhood include, but are not limited to:
- A connection to femininity.
- A connection to women, despite actual gender identity.
- A sense of belonging in women’s spaces.
- A feminine or femme gender presentation.
- Experience with misogyny.
- Being assigned female at birth and holding that significant to one’s identity.
- Holding female-assigned experiences significant to you and your life (ex: girl scouts, attending an all-girl school).
- Identifying partially, sometimes, or always as a woman- this is not required for girlhood, but often accompanies it.
Girlprox people must identify with some or all of these things. Girlprox is an umbrella terms of genders, but it can also be used a specific gender if desired. For example, if someone cannot narrow down their gender any further they may identify as girlprox.
The boy version is boyprox
History[edit | edit source]
Girlrprox was created by the Tumblr user Ymirjotunn. They explained the term in a post on July 16, 2015, though the term existed before then. The term was created created this because they believed that there was a space and a community for associating with girlhood outside of women’s spaces that belong to women.