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Gender Roles - ‘butch’ and ‘femme’ PDF Print E-mail
The term ‘butch’ refers to women with more traditionally masculine looks and behaviours and the term ‘femme’ refers to women with more traditionally feminine looks and behaviours.

There’s no right or wrong with gender roles - some women who identify as ‘butch’ are attracted to more ‘femme’ women, but equally some prefer other ‘butch’ women. And even if the couple is one ‘butch’ woman and one ‘femme’ woman it doesn’t mean that the ‘femme’ woman will follow the stereotypically female role of doing housework and cooking while the ‘butch’ woman does stereotypical male things like DIY.

It’s important to know that while some women are happy to identify as ‘butch’ or ‘femme’, some prefer not to use those terms at all. These two categories sit on a spectrum - if you observe all of the L/Bi women you know, you will probably see that we are all very different and it is rarely as clear cut as ‘butch’ and ‘femme’.

Myth busting: All too often L/Bi women have to answer the question ‘So which one of you is the man?’ As we know, this is a silly question as there is no man in a relationship between two women. The question probably arises out of a difficulty to see beyond the male/female, masculine/feminine roles in straight relationships.


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