We've tried to persuade Lulu to get her ears pierced for that very reason, but she's not interested.<quoted text>
That was so much more offensive for my mom, when I was a kid and got called a boy, than it was for me. I was a beanpole tomboy with a pixie cut, I'd get called "young man" or something and my mom would be all "Can't they see you have earrings in?!"
Now I had short hair as a child, but it was not my choice but my punishment for not letting my mom wash my hair. I hated it and hated being called a boy. I don't think I've ever really forgiven her, even though as a mom I understand how she could justify doing it. Not enough to forgive her, though.