This looks like sharing resources with chosen family, exploring and nuancing our gender expressions, queering reclaimed rituals and ceremonies, and archiving our existence through art every step of the way. This photo series captures and celebrates the beauty of how contemporary Femme and Butch people express themselves autonomously and in relationship to each other. There is so much love, passion, and pride in these pictures. This is what liberation looks like.
Butch und Femme
Sugarbutch – Queer sex, kink, gender, and relationships by Sinclair Sexsmith
Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: The term describes an erotic and affective dynamic between women who adopt either a primarily masculine or butch gender style or a primarily feminine or femme style. While it is possible to trace similar behaviors and identifications in different cultures and in various historical moments, the importance of gender cross-identification in understanding same-sex relations spiked in Germany, England, and the United States at the end of the nineteenth century with the rise of sexology, a pseudo-scientific study of sex and gender. The writings of important sexologists such as Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, and Havelock Ellis focused on the figure of the sexual invert:
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The word butch, meaning "masculine", may have been coined by abbreviating the word butcher, as first noted in George Cassidy's nickname, Butch Cassidy. For example, Jack Halberstam argues that FTM transgender persons cannot be considered butch since it constitutes a conflation of maleness with butchness. He further argues that butch—femme is uniquely geared to work in lesbian relationships. On the other hand, the writer Jewelle Gomez muses that butch and femme women in the earlier twentieth century may have been expressing their closeted transgender identity.
Edit The terms butch and femme are often used to describe lesbians, but also occasionally gay men. Butch is an adjective used to describe one's gender performance. A masculine person of any gender can be described as butch. A butch woman could be compared to an effeminate man in the sense that both genders are historically linked to gay communities and stereotypes, whether or not the individuals in question are homosexual.