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  Butch-Femme.com -- ABOUT
Butches were thought of as oppressors of women, a symbol of the patriarchy.
Femmes were seen as a hindrance to progress in the Movement where androgeny was not a style, but a political stance.
Most Butches have a distinctly different kind of masculine energy (for lack of a better word) than biological men, a masculinity that is not a birthright, nor a given.
www.butch-femme.com /Faq/whoweare.htm   (0 words)

  
  Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Butch and femme
Butch and femme (french term for woman) are terms often used in the lesbian and gay subcultures to describe the queering of traditional masculine and feminine gender roles.
Femmes are sometimes confused with "lipstick lesbians" which generally are understood to be feminine lesbians who are attracted to and partner with other feminine lesbians.
Antipathy toward female butches and male femmes could be interpreted as transphobia, although it is important to note that female butches and male femmes are not always transgendered or identified with the trans movement.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Butch_and_Femme   (1109 words)

  
 FtM: Butch's Perspective
The goal for some butches who id as TG or transgender is also to pass as male though generally without the use of male hormones and breast surgery.
Butches and their masculinity are certainly discussed more in the butch-femme community than femmes and their femininity.
I do see the butch community growing smaller through ¡°butch flight¡± and it saddens me. It saddens me because the combination of masculine expression and our having been born and living as females, is something unique.
www.forplu.com /community/gals-like-us/butch_ftm.htm   (1139 words)

  
 Andragogy of the Op-Eds: Butch, femme, other, argh. Part 1: Defining terms.   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Butch: A person who exhibits stereotypically or intensely masculine characteristics, according to what is considered "masculine" in their culture.
Femme: A person who exhibits stereotypically or intensely feminine characteristics, according to what is considered "feminine" in their culture.
Like "butch," it's a noun or an adjective, a label, a role, and/or an identity, and it's not dependent (though there may be significant overlap) on sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
androgogy.blogspot.com /2006/10/butch-femme-other-argh-part-1-defining.html   (1204 words)

  
 Butch
Butch is a common nickname, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries.
It also refers to a woman, usually a lesbian, who self-identifies as such or whose appearance and/or mannerisms are more masculine than would be considered "tomboyish" particularly if she usually takes the butch role in a butch and femme relationship.
Butch and femme, for use of the word as a description of gender roles or gender presentation
www.buzznet.com /tags/butch   (337 words)

  
 butch - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, motion-picture comedy about two fun-loving criminals in the Old West.
Butch and femme are terms often used in the lesbian and gay subcultures to describe a person's approximate adherence to traditional masculine and feminine gender roles respectively, within a same-sex...
Butch Walker (born Bradley Glenn Walker III on November 14, 1969) is a recording artist, songwriter, and record producer.
encarta.msn.com /butch.html   (207 words)

  
 The misunderstood gender: a model of modern femme identity Sex Roles: A Journal of Research - Find Articles
Butch and femme lesbian genders first became visible in the United States in the late 1940s as bars allowed women to congregate without male escorts (Faderman, 1991).
Butch women's more masculine clothing and short hair conflicted starkly with feminine norms at the time, and femme women exaggerated femininity and became known for their bright lipstick and seductive dress.
Also, as femmes sometimes had to support financially butch partners who had difficulty maintaining employment because of their masculine appearance (Faderman, 1991), their relationships had an economic basis characterized by greater equality than those of most heterosexual couples of that era.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2294/is_2003_Feb/ai_99933041   (955 words)

  
 A quest for authenticity: contemporary butch gender Sex Roles: A Journal of Research - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The genders "butch" and "femme" arose in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s, in the aftermath of World War II--when women's roles shifted and allowed them to don pants and create the possibility of a subsequent butch aesthetic (see Feinberg, 1996, for a history of cross-dressing before this period).
Lesbians who presented their gender in these forms were viewed as atavistic; butches were accused of claiming male privilege, and femmes were accused of encouraging the objectification of women.
During this era, butch and femme women either withdrew or adopted the androgynous aesthetic of that culture, as a choice preferable to facing exclusion from the feminist-lesbian community.
findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2294/is_9-10_50/ai_n6123926   (856 words)

  
 What is a Lesbian? Pt II: The Butch Femme Dynamic
The most well known combination is a butch with a femme, although it’s not impossible for a butch to be with another butch, or a femme to be with another femme.
Butch energy is often read as male energy because it is closer to what we consider male energy than it is what we consider female energy.
A Butch is a lesbian that appears to be more masculine—in their clothing, their attitude, hairstyle, etc. Sometimes fits the stereotype that people may have about lesbians—that they all like to work on cars, wear short hair, and act in a stereotypically masculine manner.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/glbt_issues_life/68199   (475 words)

  
 Butches and Bis   (Site not responding. Last check: )
For example, the concepts of "butch" and "femme" are used by both lesbians and gay men, albeit in different ways.
We consider the attributes associated with "butch" or "femme" in both commnities, as well as the unique ways in which they are used in various contexts, such as humor (Bland 1996).
We will also consider the ways in which the labels of "butch" and "femme" relate to queer conceptions of masculinity and femininity (Rudes and Healy 1979, Case 1993) as well as how they serve as inversions of dominant heterosexual prescription of gendered behavior.
www-personal.umich.edu /~rqueen/PROFESSIONAL/abstracts/butches_and_bis.htm   (511 words)

  
 glbtq >> literature >> Butch-Femme Relations
Thus, their complex understandings of butch and femme roles need to be untangled in order to understand their lives as well as their literary works.
A simple definition is that butch and femme lesbians adopt roles that have been traditionally associated with men and women, with butches assuming masculine identities and femmes assuming feminine ones.
For instance, during the 1940s and 1950s, butch and femme roles were accepted by a large number of lesbians as a model for lesbian unions.
www.glbtq.com /literature/butch_femme.html   (0 words)

  
 Butch-Femme.co.uk Introduction
Although butches and femmes are rarely seen in the modern gay community, it was considered the norm in the 1950’s for gays to identify as either one or the other.
Femmes are often the ones who step in to protect their butch (if her preference is for butch) from homophobic attacks.
It also takes courage to walk into a gay bar dressed femme because of the reactions when she is presumed to be straight woman who will one day ‘go back’ to being with a man. Most discussions conclude that femme is an essence or an attitude.
www.butch-femme.co.uk /Introduction.htm   (1224 words)

  
 The Questia Online Library
The genders "butch" and "femme" arose in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s, in the aftermath of World War II--when women's roles shifted and allowed them to don pants and create the possibility of a subsequent butch aesthetic (see Feinberg, 1996, for a history of cross-dressing before this period).
Lesbians who presented their gender in these forms were viewed as atavistic; butches were accused of claiming male privilege, and femmes were accused of encouraging the objectification of women.
During this era, butch and femme women either withdrew or adopted the androgynous aesthetic of that culture, as a choice preferable to facing exclusion from the feminist-lesbian community.
www.questia.com /PM.qst?a=o&se=gglsc&d=5008170973   (710 words)

  
 AfterEllen.com - Showtime Explores the Butch Mystique (page 2)
In one sequence, each woman describes her definition of a “femme,” the historical opposite and complement to the “butch.” When Skyler, one of the interviewees, describes a femme as someone who is simply “beautiful,” my heart just melts for her.
But Butch Mystique fails to contextualize these interviews historically or geographically, which could lead to some confusion on the part of viewers who are not familiar with butch identity, or with lesbian politics and history.
Butch Mystique challenges those stereotypes by showing that butch lesbians may not fit within culturally proscribed boundaries of femininity, but they are certainly women.
www.afterellen.com /archive/ellen/TV/butchmystique2.html   (515 words)

  
 Thought Patterns » Butch/Femme   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Butch is typically the lesbian who prefers to pay more attention to her stereotypical masculine side than her stereotypical feminine side.
Femme is typically the lesbian who prefers to pay more attention to her stereotypical feminine side.
Two butches dating can be fun to watch, since they tend to fight over who is going to open the door and who is going to pay for dinner.
paulaoffutt.com /blog/archives/2006/01/17/butchfemme   (883 words)

  
 Musings of a SilverRose: Friday's Crunchy Question: Butch vs Femme
Butch women have the “manner or appearance” of masculinity, while femme women have the “appearance” of femininity.
The factors that determine the choice of a “butch” or “femme” label seem to group logically into two categories that I’ll refer to as appearance and expression.
In general, someone is likely to be considered butch or femme depending on where the preponderance of evidence points.
arianrose.blogspot.com /2007/03/fridays-crunchy-question-butch-vs-femme.html   (3465 words)

  
 Butch-Femme.Com -- TERMS
Can define a Femme who is sexually untouchable, a Femme who is "very" femme, a Femme top, or a Femme who is partnered with or attracted to very masculine/stone Butches.
Usually means a hard Butch who prefers not to be touched by a partner sexually at all, or in any way that is feminizing.
Humorous way to explain a dandy Butch who is fastiduous about style, or a Butch who (although masculine) exhibits other traits common to gay boy, such as a love of theatre or a flair for design.
www.butch-femme.com /Faq/terms.htm   (0 words)

  
 wmstud2
Butch and Femme: as I hear of these women and look around at the older women in the audience who lived these lives, my visual image is of the bar I went to in Madrid, and of the excitement in that air.
And I imagine you could go around the world as the wave of modern gay consciousness crashes on and on, and for years into the future always find a place where that wave is cresting and those first daring ones are violating male and female norms.
During the break, all the young women in couples flirt with the idea of butch and femme, and try to figure out who is what.
www.evl.uic.edu /josephin/LESGIRLS/wmstud2.html   (390 words)

  
 Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Discussion Forums :: View topic - Butch and Femme
we were a range of identities...from butch to genderfuck to femme, i don't believe anyone identified as high femme, although we had a spectrum from high to low on both ends of the identity.
Femme women just consistently prove themselves to be better friends (or at least more constant friends) than the butches that I know, or at least more politically aware.
The reason I say that is that I often find that butch and femme carry with them concepts of how one should act, mainly concerning roles of who does what and what one does/doesn't like strictly b/c of her butchness or femmeness.
www.michfest.com /forums/viewtopic.php?t=155&sid=8857355646493dbbabc19bc97eddf713   (3328 words)

  
 Queer History
Butches -- or studs, as they were also called -- dressed in male attire, held doors for their femmes, and lit their cigarettes.
Butches, who were seen as usurping male privilege, were particularly targeted by straight men.
The butch's job was to protect herself and her femme.
www.planetout.com /news/history/archive/butch.html   (849 words)

  
 Butch-Femme Network
From approximately 1945 to the mid 1960's, Butches and Femmes fought to meet and love in working class bars across North America.
Thanks largely to the persistent public speaking and publishing of well known Femme writers such as Joan Nestle and Minnie Bruce Pratt, and the TG author of Stonebutch Blues, Leslie Feinberg, Butch-Femme gender and sexual practices re-emerged with fresh dignity and passion in the 1990's.
As a result, conversations rarely lag here, Butches and Femmes are not afraid to be themselves, and our topics of discussion cover a wide range.
www.butch-femme.net   (0 words)

  
 Butch-Femme Matchmaker
Butches seeking Butches and Femmes seeking same ads are also welcome.
I'm seeking an honest Butch between ages 27 and 35 who is taller than me, wants kids, likes to go hiking, lives nearby, and can appreciate a Femme lesbian who's often been called "refreshing." Men who enjoy karaoke bars and foreign films earn extra points.
I may not be the smartest Butch in the world, but I work hard in every facet of my life.
www.butchfemmematchmaker.com /greatads.html   (0 words)

  
 Femme   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Butch-Femme is a diverse and friendly queer discussion and social list for those who identify as either Butch or Femme.
Segment 1- "Leek and Wolfbane Pie" -- A nosy husband sets out to prove once and for all to his wife that their next-door neighbors might very well be werewolves.
Femme Fatale is produced by TARAK BEN AMMAR and MARINA GEFTER.
www.lycos.com /info/femme.html   (229 words)

  
 Femme: the Magazine -- Femme Perspective
I wanted the intelligent and playful Butch who took my hand, who made me feel safe for miles before I realized we had even embarked on any kind of journey together.
Knowing we would be masked in shadows, knowing I would be even more invisible to the world racing around me and to a community of sisterhood who related to me, felt me, and now would no longer.
And unlike the day the land mine first exploded, I don't question the queer femme girl dancing with the transman in the middle of a long dusty road.
www.stonefemme.com /FemmeMagazine/fperspective.htm   (1055 words)

  
 Butch Femme Dynamic
Although both butch and femme roles were extremely important to this community in the forties and fifties, it was the butch role that was the most visible, and therefore the most likely to cause public scorn.
For example, to assume that all straight women act in a femme or "bottom" role by nature, because we assume men are dominant by nature, is to deny many women the possibility of sexual satisfaction.
This is why it is the butch identity which is so frequently the target of attack, both within lesbian-feminist circles and without, and why sexologist's until recently have tried to explain the butch woman as a man trapped in a woman's body.
www.members.shaw.ca /samasutra/butchfemmedynamic.html   (1796 words)

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