Butch and femme

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Butch and femme are terms used in the lesbian subculture to ascribe or acknowledge a masculine (butch) or feminine (femme) identity with its associated traits, behaviors, styles, self-perception, and so on.wikipedia
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Lesbian feminism

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Some lesbian feminists have argued that butch–femme is a replication of heterosexual relations while other commentators argue that, while it resonates with heterosexual patterns of relating, butch–femme simultaneously challenges it. Research in the 1990s in the United States showed that "95% of lesbians are familiar with butch/femme codes and can rate themselves or others in terms of those codes, and yet the same percentage feels that butch/femme was 'unimportant in their lives.
Contrary to some popular beliefs about "man-hating butch dykes", lesbian feminist theory does not support the concept of female masculinity.

LGBT

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Stereotypes and definitions of butch and femme vary greatly, even within tight-knit LGBT communities.
As equality was a priority for lesbian feminists, disparity of roles between men and women or butch and femme were viewed as patriarchal.

Trans man

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For example, Jack Halberstam argues that FTM transgender persons cannot be considered butch since it constitutes a conflation of maleness with butchness.
It is also common for trans men to have histories with the lesbian community or to feel that they identify better with that community because of its wide acceptance of gender variance, with a number of trans men having identified as lesbian (often as a "butch lesbian") before realizing that they are instead transgender.

Masculinity

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Butch and femme are terms used in the lesbian subculture to ascribe or acknowledge a masculine (butch) or feminine (femme) identity with its associated traits, behaviors, styles, self-perception, and so on.
In Western culture, female masculinity has been codified into identities such as "tomboy" and "butch".

Joan Nestle

The femme lesbian historian Joan Nestle argues that femme and butch may be seen as distinct genders in and of themselves.
Nestle had been part of the working-class, butch and femme bar culture of New York City since the late 1950s.

Soft butch

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There is also an emerging usage of the terms soft butch "stem" (stud-femme), "futch" (feminine butch) or "chapstick lesbian" as terms for women who have characteristics of both butch and femme.
A soft butch, or stem (stud-fem), is a woman who exhibits some stereotypical butch and lesbian traits without fitting the masculine stereotype associated with butch lesbians.

Effeminacy

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A butch woman could be compared to an effeminate man in the sense that both genders are historically linked to homosexual communities and stereotypes.
Contrastingly, a masculine girl would be called a "tomboy", "butch", or "dyke".

Boi (slang)

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The term boi is typically used by younger LGBT women.
Boi (plural: bois) is slang within LGBT and butch and femme communities for a person's sexual or gender identities.

Dyke (slang)

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Conversely, a butch woman may be described as a "stone butch", "diesel dyke" "bulldyke", "bull bitch" or "bulldagger" or simply just as a "dyke".
It originated as a homophobic and misogynistic slur for a masculine, tomboyish, or butch woman; while this pejorative usage still exists, the term dyke has been reappropriated by lesbians to an extent as a word implying assertiveness and toughness, or simply as a neutral synonym for lesbian.

Elvira Kurt

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Comedian Elvira Kurt contributed the term "fellagirly" as a description for queer females who are not strictly either femme or butch, but a combination.
Openly lesbian, she coined the term "fellagirly" to describe herself and other lesbians whose style is a blend of butch and femme, as opposed to strictly one or the other.

Bear (gay culture)

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A smaller number of lesbians, particularly those portrayed as butch, also participate in bear culture, referring to themselves with the distinct label of ursula.

Eric Daniel Peddle

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In 2005, filmmaker Daniel Peddle chronicled the lives of AGs in his documentary The Aggressives, following six women who went to lengths like binding their breasts to pass as men.
It was through street casting that Peddle first encountered the subjects of his debut feature documentary film The Aggressives (2005).

Stone butch

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Conversely, a butch woman may be described as a "stone butch", "diesel dyke" "bulldyke", "bull bitch" or "bulldagger" or simply just as a "dyke".
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Lipstick lesbian

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"Lipstick lesbians" are feminine lesbians.
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Gender identities in Thailand

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The Tom-Dee duality in Thailand maybe be compared to the butch-fem duality of lesbianism but differs in a number of ways.

Lesbian

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Butch and femme are terms used in the lesbian subculture to ascribe or acknowledge a masculine (butch) or feminine (femme) identity with its associated traits, behaviors, styles, self-perception, and so on.
Although many municipalities had enacted laws against cross-dressing, some women would socialize in bars as butches: dressed in men's clothing and mirroring traditional masculine behavior.

Stone femme

Stone femme
a femme who is the bottom in sexual interactions

Femininity

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Butch and femme are terms used in the lesbian subculture to ascribe or acknowledge a masculine (butch) or feminine (femme) identity with its associated traits, behaviors, styles, self-perception, and so on.

Dyad (sociology)

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Butch-femme culture is not the sole form of a lesbian dyadic system, as there are many women in butch–butch and femme–femme relationships.

Heterosexuality

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Some lesbian feminists have argued that butch–femme is a replication of heterosexual relations while other commentators argue that, while it resonates with heterosexual patterns of relating, butch–femme simultaneously challenges it. Research in the 1990s in the United States showed that "95% of lesbians are familiar with butch/femme codes and can rate themselves or others in terms of those codes, and yet the same percentage feels that butch/femme was 'unimportant in their lives.

French language

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The word femme is taken from the French word for woman.

Butch Cassidy

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The word butch, meaning "masculine", may have been coined by abbreviating the word butcher, as first noted in George Cassidy's nickname, Butch Cassidy.

Jack Halberstam

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For example, Jack Halberstam argues that FTM transgender persons cannot be considered butch since it constitutes a conflation of maleness with butchness.

Malé

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For example, Jack Halberstam argues that FTM transgender persons cannot be considered butch since it constitutes a conflation of maleness with butchness.