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She is definitely a girl! But sometimes this happens.

In the bank teller's defense, Yuko had just gotten a haircut and it was pretty short. This has happened at least once before, too, in a Target I think. A woman mistook Yuko for her son, and that was probably more awkward than this one. 

I wanted to drop links real quick to two comics we've been linked from, because both of their styles are super cute. Sudden Valley is an adorably drawn comicstrip with a website design that has a great aesthetic (I am so biased). Amu's World is a photo comic where each of the characters is knit crocheted (Sorry, I am the least crafty!) by hand, and they're all real neat ... It should be noted that Amu also makes a mean Katamari cousin - if you ever catch her at a show, be sure to take a look. ;)

(We have so much candy and junkfood right now ... do you guys want it? Take it away ... )


Gah, I wish I lived in SoHo.

Comment by conrad Thu, 01/08/2009 - 22:00

Gah, I wish I lived in SoHo. IT IS THE DREAM.


Comment by Satsuki (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 22:43

Well I don't live in SoHo.. my friend does and I'm going to try to visit him this weekend if the snow doesn't kill me. If you live in Brooklyn or Manhattan I'll still be able to see u guys...

I know that pain lol

Comment by Evilotaku (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 21:54

this happens to me a lot at least once a day someone will mistake me for a girl its very annoying i can understand why if they see me at the back with my long blond hair i sometimes wonder if the people around me think I'm a pretty guy or one hell of a manly girl

I've only been mistaken for

Comment by colour scientist (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 09:22

I've only been mistaken for a guy if I was turned around. the longest run of me being mistaken for a guy was for a week, My computer teacher kept calling me a guy because I was in the back turned around and wore nothing fashionable


Comment by The Great Moof (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 14:39

If this comments thread is any indicator, then apparently Johnny Wander holds some appeal for those who blur the gender lines. o__O;;;

3 Times Last Fall/Winter (that I know of)

Comment by Jo King (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 16:41

This happened to me, too, except I was mistaken for a girl. First was by some drunk guy at a friend's party (akward), second by the drive through lady at McDonald's who called me "maa'm", and again by some guy that at a dance. At first I thought he was just really outgoing (or gay), but... hooooo boy, that was akward.
I hope 2009 goes better... with less drunk guys, bleh...

Are they blind?

Comment by Evan Snow (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:00

How can anyone look at someone as stunning as Yuko, regardless of hair style!? She has that whole Wonder Woman, "No one will recognize me with these glasses" chic going on as well. It's probably just catty, jealous girls.

I was mistaken for a girl

Comment by PAUL (not verified) Sat, 01/10/2009 - 02:12

I was mistaken for a girl twice, which is odd since I have a goatee.

When I was in high school, I

Comment by orcishincubus (not verified) Sat, 01/10/2009 - 20:08

When I was in high school, I had the habit of wearing boy clothes. Rumor was people called me a guy and even some of the faculty that didn't know would mistake me for a male... a lot...

So I understand your pain.

Now I wear tighter jeans but I still have quite a few of my L-XL t-shirts and sometimes at my college people will call me a guy... which I tend to glare at them afterwards...


Comment by DJ (not verified) Sat, 01/10/2009 - 23:36

Junk food? What kind? Like those death cups of chocolate with cream inside or like chips? I'll take 'em! lol

I've been carded at work

Comment by Run (not verified) Sun, 01/11/2009 - 01:09

I've been carded at work before.

And when I say I've been carded at work, I don't mean that one of my cashiers had to card me to buy cigarettes.

I mean, one of my customers refused to believe that I was out of high school and old enough to be in a position of management. When I assured her that not only can I buy cigarettes and porn, but I can buy booze too, she got terribly irate and started insisting that I was too young and too immature to possibly have any kind of authority and she demanded to speak to an adult. Eventually I pulled out my wallet and handed her my ID.

She checked to see if it was fake--I admit that I look and sound like I'm 16. But seriously. There's a limit.

Well, she should feel honored

Comment by Nare (not verified) Sun, 01/11/2009 - 12:15

When the skirt joke, you made clear she loves to try looking not girl-like. Yuko should feel proud she comepletely made it when this happens xD

I used to get mistaken for a

Comment by Cybur Netiks (not verified) Sun, 01/11/2009 - 14:02

I used to get mistaken for a girl from time to time when I was in high school. I had really long, curly hair, and didn't start growing facial hair until i was nearly done highschool. It was awkward.

..Especially since I hang out with a crossdresser, And I could pull it off better than he can....

Now I keep my hair short and I have a beard. Problem solved.

Jeez a lot of guys who get

Comment by The EFAF (not verified) Sun, 01/11/2009 - 15:14

Jeez a lot of guys who get mistaken for girls. I'm a girl who gets mistaken for a guy. I'm hardly going to get offended since I identify with males far better to begin with. Girl clothing just sucks and is way too tight, I learned this many years ago, so I just dress in guy clothes. My hair is long though, and it's not like I'm flatchested. I apparently just have a masculine face, and lack of bangs makes it more difficult for people. I get mistaken for a guy at least once a month, much to my amusement. I've even burst out laughing and the person is still going "...s-sir...?" as I walk away.

Durr I have a feminine boyfriend though who probably has more curves than me, what an odd pair we are.

Me too

Comment by Abelle (not verified) Mon, 01/12/2009 - 21:55

I, too am a girl often mistaken for a guy. I do wear man-pants (so much more comfy, and girl pants are always so ridiculously low rise these days..) but my other clothes are girly enough. I have short curly hair and I don't think my face is masculine or anything but yet people (mainly older men) often make the mistake. The other day I was waiting outside the man's and women's bathrooms somewhere and the mans one emptied and a guy behind me looked me IN THE EYES expectantly like I should take it. I just said "it's all yours" and he went in, looking confused. I don't get it, personally, it kinda sucks.

Poor, poor Yuko...

Comment by Unwitty Title (not verified) Sun, 01/11/2009 - 16:26

For some reason people in the service industry always confuse gender; it happens at least once a month with me, and there is no way in this world I look like a woman. It does provided endless amusement to those around you, a source that never seems to be depleted... EVER.

Ironically, I work at Target and have mistakenly done that to people. Usually ends will a slew of apologies and swearing in some unknown, foreign language.

Its happened a few times to me

Comment by Chris (not verified) Mon, 01/12/2009 - 08:52

At least at my current job (I work at a call center, ya know, answering phones and such) and I"m always getting called ma'am because my voice is so soft when I'm in "work mode". I don't mind it since people generally are more willing to acknowledge that they made a mistake and shouldn't be blaming you when your voice sounds like the voice of reason over their screaming overblown tone. The ones that crack me up are the ones who start saying "sir" at the beginning at the call and end it in "ma'am".

I've had this happen to me

Comment by Laura (not verified) Mon, 01/12/2009 - 17:08

I've had this happen to me so many times I've lost count. The funny thing is it doesn't seem to matter how long my hair is because I've been mistaken for a guy when I have short hair and when my hair is almost shoulder length. People just don't pay attention.

I used to have this happen

Comment by Katie (not verified) Tue, 01/13/2009 - 00:19

I used to have this happen to me a lot both with gender and age though mistaken age seems to be most I get anymore.

Liquor Clerk

Comment by Ping (not verified) Tue, 01/13/2009 - 18:11

I work at a grocery store and we have a couple of banks of registers and mine is the nearest to the liquor section. I get asked all the time if I'm old enough to sell, and I'm a burly 23-year old member of the working class with a beard!

That happened to me RIGHT

Comment by Elkian (not verified) Sat, 03/28/2009 - 21:26

That happened to me RIGHT AFTER I got my new/current (and short) haircut. The guy called me sir more than twice before he got a good enough look at me. Granted, I wear baggy and less than feminine clothes, but still...

When I was in my late

Comment by Jason (not verified) Sat, 05/23/2009 - 01:22

When I was in my late teens/early twenties, I had really long hair (down to my butt almost) and was routinely mistaken for a girl. One of the big reasons why I eventually got my hair cut.

Up until this comic I

Comment by NoBody (not verified) Sun, 06/07/2009 - 01:54

Up until this comic I thought Yuko was a guy.

Maybe there's some sort of

Comment by EtaoinShrdlu (not verified) Tue, 06/16/2009 - 01:58

Maybe there's some sort of odd thing with being half-asian.

My sister has short hair, and mostly wears loose jeans and a vest that obscures her assets, and gets mistaken for a guy rather often.

Meanwhile I have long hair, and mostly wear baggy cargo pants and an oversized hoodie, and get mistaken for a girl even more often than my sister is mistaken as a guy.

It's so common it's become something of a family joke.

Is it bad that this comic

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 06/16/2009 - 23:44

Is it bad that this comic taught me about the gender of a certain character?

I never knew.

Both age & gender

Comment by Zanz (not verified) Wed, 06/17/2009 - 22:38

Happens to me all the time. I'm a girl, but I have a short haircut and not much in the way of mammary glands, and apparently a very young face (at seventeen, people always think I'm 14 at the oldest. At 16 they thought I was 12). It doesn't help that a couple of years back I accidentally ended up with a haircut that exactly matched Harry Potter's in the fourth book. (I checked afterward).
One of my favorite misunderstandings:
(while boarding a plane)
Flight attendant: Has anyone ever told you that you look exactly like Harry Potter?
Me: *groans* I thought I was done with that joke two years ago...
(while exiting same plane)
Flight attendant: You're traveling alone?!
Me: Yes, because I'm seventeen and visiting colleges.
Flight attendant: Oh...

I Get This Too

Comment by DavidCake (not verified) Sat, 07/25/2009 - 11:58

Sometimes, but in reverse. Usually it's if people see me from an angle where my long hair is most prominent. Plus I got nice hips.

Something like this happened

Comment by Kerry (not verified) Tue, 11/17/2009 - 16:57

Something like this happened to my friends and I on Halloween. Though I'm not terrible surprised... None of us are really feminine, and we were dressed as mafiosos. I guess the suits, ties and fedoras can throw people off.

We were eating at a restaurant, and went to the bathroom together so we could fix our ties and wash our hands. A waitress came out of the bathroom stall as we walked in and stared at us in horror. After a few awkward seconds, she blurted "Oh, you're girls!!"

Anyway, I love your comics so freaking much. Time to read more. 8D

You know, I had so much

Comment by Puck (not verified) Mon, 12/28/2009 - 07:36

You know, I had so much trouble believing that was possible until the other day when I was at the movie theater.
My brother and I went up to the concession stand, arguing mildly about one thing or another, and the woman asked, "Are you guys family?"
We answered "Yeah.
*stunned silence*
I was wondering if my shirt was that baggy, honestly. >.>

(I just got into this comic

Comment by Derrek (not verified) Wed, 02/17/2010 - 12:47

(I just got into this comic about... half an hour ago? (before classes) so that is why i'm posting now in 2010. This happens quite a bit to me. I'm a freshman in college, and I and always thought to be a freshman in high school. -_-

Also, I used to have long hair, and have been mistaken for a girl MANY times (people, friends and roomates and roomate's friends, they think I am very feminine also...)

My worst time, I was at work, and there were two elderly customers, a husband and a wife. The wife says, "ah she is a nice lady." The husband says that I am a boy. Then the woman gets an inch away from my face saying, "YOU ARE???"

oh my gosh, that totally

Comment by Ghostcharmer (not verified) Tue, 03/02/2010 - 12:52

oh my gosh, that totally happened to me in 6th grade! ...darn substitute teacher! >.<

That normally happens to me

Comment by Julia (not verified) Fri, 04/23/2010 - 01:23

That normally happens to me on the phone, because i have a really deep and manly voice (really, i do and so does my mom; this happens to her as well and even more often). But i've got my hair short now, and even though i have big boobs, i tend to wear baggy coats, and from behind people usually mistake me for a guy, and also i'm kind of tall and with a large back. Not my fault; blame the genes, man!

it happends to me too

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 05/25/2010 - 13:48

hi, I know is an old entry, but still... this is exactly what happends to me almost everyday, of course, wearing loose jeans, a t-shirt and a hat does not help, but still...... I like my clothes just the way they are ^-^

awesome comic btw and I also love applegeeks.

keep up the good work

from reading other entries,

Comment by jess (not verified) Fri, 12/10/2010 - 12:39

from reading other entries, i thought Yuko was in the quest of trying to look like a guy, so i thought she's someone who gets this pretty often. i'm very much like Yuko, in the constantly trying to look like a guy sense. i went as far as going to my graduation dinner wearing men's shirt, blazer and trousers.

i have guy-short hair and wear guy's clothes and have a pretty gender neutral name. so people who don't know me generally assume i'm a boy. i don't mind and i actually kinda like it. but the trouble comes when i need to go to toilet in public places...i don't know which one to go to to have minimal embarrassment...

Know this feeling

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 01/22/2011 - 16:39

This has happened to me several times. It hasn't happened in a while since puberty has started to kick in and my hips are becoming less nonexistent. But yes, it is very, very uncomfortable. I have long hair, so I don't think I'm too androgynous. But I wear boy's clothes - well, boy's shirts at least, lately I've been deciding to (Read: forced to) wear girl-cut (Read: skin-tight) jeans, though I've managed to keep my, that bit doesn't really help my case.

l make a fugly girl

Comment by LastStandard (not verified) Sat, 05/18/2013 - 17:11

Im was a 5'7 tall new mexican visting DC with long hair. My friend ties a badazaled pink one to my head (I don't notice the what kinda tie she used)and I never wore one before.I turn to a mirror and notice I would probably pas for pretty messed girl without the stubble

Problem soved with buzzcut