Other 12-year-olds were giddy about getting their first training bras, but not Alli, who was completely satisfied wearing a T-shirt.
Other pre-teens were experimenting with makeup and hairdos trying to look as pretty as possible, but not Alli, who had absolutely no interest in such feminine matters.
Instead of becoming a lady, Alli was becoming a misfit and Alli's parents were worried.
Alli's mom did not have time to deal with Alli. She worked all day and expected her better half to take care of any child-rearing issues.
One evening after dinner, Alli's mom demanded, "You have to do something about Alli!"
Alli's dad deferred, "Yes, dear. I know. I'll have a talk with Alli soon."
The next day, when Alli's dad heard Alli come home from school, he called out from the kitchen, "Alli, I want to speak with you."
"OK, Dad," Alli called back.
Alli shuffled to kitchen worried that something was wrong.
In the kitchen. Alli's dad was wearing his gauzy periwinkle apron and had his shoulder-length hair pulled back in a ponytail so as not to get in the way as he prepared dinner. When he saw Alli, his face brightened and he broke out in a big smile. "Hello, Sweetie."
Alli was relieved by the big smile; maybe Alli was not in trouble after all.
"Sit down. We need to talk."
Now Alli was not so sure about being in trouble or not, and sat down on a chair at the kitchen table.
Alli's dad wiped his hands with a towel, then walked over to the table with his high heels clicking loudly on the tile floor. As he sat, he smoothed the skirt of his housedress under him, then crossed his legs at the ankles.
"So, Alli, what are your future plans?"
"What do you mean, Daddy."
"Well, what do you want to be when you grow up? A man or a wo-man?"
Alli was upset by the question. No one wanted to be a man and Alli was surprised that his dad would suggest that Alli would choose such a lowly status in life.
"I want to be a wo-man, of course," Alli replied.
"I'm glad to hear that," Alli's dad responded, "But actions speak louder than words and your actions tell me that you want to be a man, not a wo-man."
"Why do you say that, Daddy?"
"All the boys your age are getting into girly things, but you are still acting like a boy. I was talking with Mrs. Reardon the other day and he was bragging to me about how your best friend Timmi was becoming such a young wo-man. His dad said that Timmi has been wearing a training bra and corset for months and wears skirts and dresses now. And he had his first appointment at the beauty salon just last week."
"I know," Alli replied, "Timmi is so girly now just like Ralphi and Franni."
"Don't you want to be girly, too?"
"I do, but I'm scared."
"What are you scared of?"
"Ralphi said that when a girly boy turns 14, he has to have an operation and they cut off his privates."
"No, no. no. There is no operation. When you turn 14, you will go to the doctor and she shows you how to tuck your privates up between your legs. Then she will fit you with a femulator to keep your privates in place."
"But how will I pee if my privates are tucked up between my legs?"
"You'll have to sit on the toilet to pee and when you are done, you will have to wipe yourself dry with bathroom tissue.... just like a real woman. There's nothing to it!"
"So that's all... there's no operation?"
"No operation at all, Sweetie."
"That's great news, Daddy!"
"Any other questions, Alli? I have to get going and finish getting dinner ready before Mother comes home from work."
"Just one question, Daddy."
"What is it, Alli?"
"How soon can I start becoming a wo-man?"
Alli's dad was so happy to hear Alli's question that he wiped a tear from his eye as he answered, "We can start right after dinner. Mother bought you a training bra and a corset months ago in the hope that you were ready to go girly. I'll show you how to put on the bra and I will help you with your corset. Then I'll show you how to use makeup and if we have time, we can paint your nails and put your hair up in curlers. How does that sound?"
"I can't wait to go girly, Daddy."
"I can't wait for you to go girly, too, Alli."
|Wearing Ann Taylor|
|Actors femulating in a 2014 Philadelphia stage production of As You Like It.|