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    Posted August 26, 2014 by
    Denver, Colorado
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Kids breaking gender norms

    Crossbows Are For Girls, Too.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     gwphillips saw the Little League World Series and stories about Mone Davis and other girls playing baseball captured his interest. 'My girl loves playing and watching baseball and is not thrilled about playing softball so it's been interesting to talk to her about it, along with the broader topic of traditional gender roles. She's all girl with ears pierced and painted fingernails; but wants to wear boys clothes and play sports with boys.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Evie will tell you she is a tomboy. I can't even remember the last time she wore a dress, although she recently told me that she might want to wear one if she is invited to something nice like a wedding.

    She's always been a good athlete and at 10 she is playing second base and center field on a boys 11 year-old team. She's working on pitching. She's gotten the game ball twice in two seasons of play - once for throwing a kid out at first base on a one-hopper to centerfield. She also plays on a girls soccer team and participates in her elementary school's weekly running club.

    Her mother and I don't let her watch the show the Walking Dead (yet) but she knows the characters so she dressed as Daryl last Halloween.
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