"Sissy" according to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition is "a boy or man regarded as effeminate."
To illuminate that definition, the dictionary defines "effeminate" as "having qualities or characteristics more often associated with women than men; characterized by weakness and excessive refinement."
Yes - that's me. The dictionary could print an image of me next to the printed words to illustrate the definition.
The thing is that the first time I was called a sissy, I had no idea that I was one. All I knew was that I was "me" and I was not intentionally emulating females.
But the name-calling continued. And then there was bullying.
So I figured something was wrong with me and when things really got bad, I eschewed anything feminine.
After things settled down, I went back to my old ways and was myself again comfortably picking and choosing what I liked from the masculine and feminine aisles in that big department store called "Life."
Older and wiser, I eventually ignored the taunting, learned to embrace my self, and became my own man or should I say "woman."
Actually, I am somewhere in between. Circumstances prevent me from being a woman all the time. Some of the time, I am a feminine man and some of the time, I am a feminine woman, so you can call me "sissy;" it's a good fit.