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He is forever wanting to "be a real boy".  Is this an indirect reference to what some go through, "wanting to be real boys" or "wanting to be real girls" or can it be categorically stated that the puppet has no relation to anything dealt with around here?  Wondering.

 

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Given that the story was published in book form in 1883 by C. Collodi, I think it's safe to say that the puppet and it's story has no relation to transgender issues, unless it can be shown that the author was transgender themself.

 

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The metaphor definitely applies, but I doubt it was intentional (mostly due to the time of release).

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