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He further argues that butch–femme is uniquely geared to work in lesbian relationships.Stereotypes and definitions of butch and femme vary greatly, even within tight-knit LGBT communities.The term butch tends to denote a degree of masculinity displayed by a female individual beyond what would be considered typical of a tomboy.It is not uncommon for women with a butch appearance to face harassment or violence.
In her article, Somerson also clearly talks about how within the lesbian community some are considered more masculine than others.Research in the 1990s in the United States showed that "95% of lesbians are familiar with butch/femme codes and can rate themselves or others in terms of those codes, and yet the same percentage feels that butch/femme was 'unimportant in their lives The word femme is taken from the French word for woman.The word butch, meaning "masculine", may have been coined by abbreviating the word butcher, as first noted in George Cassidy's nickname, Butch Cassidy.By daring to be publicly attracted to butch women, femmes reflected their own sexual difference and made the butch a known subject of desire.
The separatist feminist movement of the late 1960s and 1970s forced butches and femmes underground, as radical lesbian feminists found lesbian gender roles to be a disappointing and oppressive replication of heterosexual lifestyle.
Because they do not express masculine qualities, femmes were particularly vexing to sexologists and psychoanalysts who wanted to argue that all lesbians wished to be men.