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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

It Had to be Somewhere Around Here

ButchFemme.com

And I found it, thanks to Sweet Little Wolf. A site specifically for Butch and Femme lesbians. It's a classic lesbian pairing that lost favor in the 70's but is making quite a comeback, especially among younger lesbians.

From the site:

Who Are We? Butch-Femme is about being who you are. It is not about "labels". We define who we are when we tell the truth about our lives. Butch, stone Butch, Femme, and stone Femme are natural gender expressions that are of the heart, having little to do with appearance or any stereotypical code of behavior.

With the Women's Movement in the early 70's, the personal lives of all females became political. It seems some lesbian-feminists decided decades ago that deliberate androgeny was a basic requirement to be politically-correct as a lesbian. Butches were thought of as oppressors of women, a symbol of the patriarchy. Femmes were seen as a hindrance to progress in the Movement where androgeny was not a style, but a political stance. Even though Butches have provided queer visiblility for eons, and Butches and Femmes were also both part of the resistance at Stonewall, the Sex Wars largely ignored that there are naturally occuring gender variations amongst all people.


Although I like to play with the idea, and consider myself a femme, I am not terribly into the butch-femme thing. While I find the butch persona to be tantalizing and powerful, I tend to be more attracted to femme or androgynous women.

Back in the day, you didn't know a woman was a lesbian unless she was butch or you found her in a dark lesbian bar hidden under the freeway underpass in a bad part of town. Today we can all wear rainbow flags on our butts and a double woman symbol around our necks. Butches were the brave torchbearers of our kind. Bless them.

Kinja, the weblog guide

4 Comments:

Blogger just me said...

I was much more into the femmes pre-marriage. (no comments lol) but you have a good point "Butches were the brave torchbearers of our kind. Bless them."

10:26 AM PST  
Blogger just me said...

LOVE the "vintage" photo's.

10:30 AM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

*zippin' my lip*

7:46 PM PST  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Pam, you find the COOLEST sites! : )

11:10 PM PST  

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