Our sexual orientation didn't protect us from the notion that femininity equals weakness. I couldn't change; my inherent desire to dress up spoke louder than my desire to fit in.
Dressing like a pop singer every day brings me joy.
The word butch, meaning "masculine", may have been coined by abbreviating the word butcher, as first noted in George Cassidy's nickname, Butch Cassidy.
However, the exact origin of the word is still unknown.
The butch web designer Daddy Rhon created a symbol of a black triangle intersecting a red circle to represent butch/femme sexuality, which was first used at the beginning of the 21st century on the website and has started to be used elsewhere.
There is debate about to whom the terms butch and femme can apply, and particularly whether transgender individuals can be identified in this way.
Lesbians are often divided into two (very dated and overly-simplistic) categories: “femme” and “butch.” Since the moment I came bounding out that dark, repressive closet, the jury quickly charged me with being a "femme."“Oh my God, you're such a FEMME! Or the oxblood red lipstick and the mountain of mascara caked to my long, fluffy eyelashes? As I grew more comfortable in the scene, I began to recoil at the word "femme." “I'm NOT A FEMME!
” seasoned lesbians would roar at me as I nervously sat in the corner of the lesbian bar alone in my high heels. ” I would yell as if being a femme lesbian were a terrible, taboo thing to be.
Do you know much hustle is required in order to be taken seriously in the workplace when your feet are strapped into platform, patent leather Mary Jane shoes? I'm also not declaring that every work environment favors masculine energy, or that every masculine-presenting woman is teeming with male privilege. And every girl, regardless of her sexual orientation, has to face her own unique set of hardships. You can wear all the crop tops in the world, you can paint your lips in the hottest shade of PINK lipstick ever created, and still be an ambitious boss who pays her own way in this world.
Butch and femme are terms used in the lesbian and gay subculture to ascribe or acknowledge a masculine (butch) or feminine (femme) identity with its associated traits, behaviors, styles, self-perception, and so on.
Both the expression of individual lesbians of butch and femme identities and the relationship of the lesbian community in general to the notion of butch and femme as an organizing principle for sexual relating varied over the course of the 20th century.
I was so dramatically averse to being considered a “femme” because I didn't want to be considered dumb. So why did I think "femme" was synonymous with being a brainless joke?
Oh, because I, like so many girls, had a lifetime of internalized sexism stewing inside of me.
A girl in college was afraid to date me because she didn't want to get her heart broken by a girl clearly going through a “phase.”Look, honey, not to get too graphic or anything, but if you have sex with women, you're queer AF. I wasn't lying when I said I fiercely love fashion, baby.