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Butch and femme Are these words understood across American, British, Australian? Butch = manly lesbian Femme = girly lesbian Or it’s only understood among gay people? Thank you
Jun 28, 2019 11:58 AM
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Those terms are widely understood.
June 28, 2019
This is widely understood amongst most Americans, not just the gay community. I would assume this is also the case in most English speaking countries (at least amongst those who know gay people or watch television or film with LGBT characters).
June 29, 2019
I live in the United States, I'm not gay, and I understand them. They go back at least to the 1970s. I would expect an ordinary English dictionary to include them, let's check. https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=femme Femme, n. 1. Slang: A person, especially a lesbian or a gay man, who exhibits stereotypical feminine traits, often in an exaggerated way." https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=butch Butch, adj. Slang: Exhibiting stereotypically masculine appearance or behavior. Used especially of lesbians and gay men. n. 1. Slang: one who is butch. Incidentally, like you, I thought they applied only to lesbians, but the dictionary says they are also used for gay men. That's news to me.
June 29, 2019
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