Sara Ahmed's solution is to redirect lesbian feminist critique, previously aimed at butch and femme
bodies, towards mainstream readings of lesbians as forced imitations of the heterosexual couple.
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It is unclear why Hunter's otherwise meticulous research did not uncover contemporary scholarship on butch and femme
identities and couples.
The re-emergence has led to the development of a recent research literature on butch and femme
genders (Levitt & Hiestand, 2005).
In Companeras, Boricua lesbians who grew up in the 1950s and '60s explore diverse readings of their butch and femme
There are of course a whole slew of lesbians who despise butch and femme
labels--who find them oppressive and fight them tooth and nail.
butch and femme
identities are mimetic of heterosexual gender roles.
Sisley; was promoted as part of The Joy of Sex series as an "compendium" and "sex-manual," etc.) it encapsulates much of the contradictory thinking about lesbian, butch and femme
identities and/or sexual practices.
Both designs have been modeled by butch and femme
lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer-identified folk.
To say that there's a "resurgence" in the popularity of butch and femme
roles is to suggest that these roles have waxed and waned over time, and this does appear to be the case.
Before Butch and Femme
: Virile and Feminine Gender Identities
Among the titles profiled were lesbian activist Joan Nestle's The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, which arrived on the cusp of a widespread reevaluation and embrace of butch and femme
identities, and Essex Hemphill's Ceremonies, a now-classic work exploring Hemphill's own life as a black gay HIV-positive man.
She introduces her stories in the context of analyses of many of the hot feminist topics of the past quarter century - boy children in women's space, birth control and women's health, butch and femme
, AIDS and lesbian safer sex, menopause, Camille Paglia.
* ON BEING BUTCH AND FEMME
: For the most part, I carry myself "mami" or "papi" when the moment calls for it, but I wouldn't wear ruffles or crocs to prove it.
All along, ever since the advent of butch and femme
, lesbians have been compartmentalizing bits and pieces of masculinity, not because they feel beholden to straight culture or obliged to imitate it but because lesbians of all varieties have grown up admiring (cryptically) the male virtues--whether the bodily or the cultural ones--and have found ways of incorporating them into an all-female culture.