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Lesbian Identity and the Politics of Butch-Femme – Amy Goodloe lesbian identity butch or femme


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.

This term is also used to describe a specific lesbian identity (i.e. butch/femme). Use the term with caution since in some contexts it can be.

Despite an increased awareness of the diversity of gender identities, butch and femme roles continue to be viewed as lesbian stereotypes that reinforce rather.

Queer Theory, Butch/Femme. Identities and Lesbian Space. This article is based on an aspect of my PhD research on the social construction of lesbian genders.

Lesbian Identity/Politics 2. The Politics of Butch and Femme A. Butch-Femme Roles as Replicas of Heterosexuality B. Butch-Femme Roles as Challenging.