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 transgender men 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, writer Jewelle Gomez mused that butch and femme women in the earlier twentieth century may have been expressing their closeted transgender identity.
20 Unspoken Rules Of Urban Lesbians | HuffPost Canada
Are you a female homosexual inhabiting a densely populated urban area? Are you having a hard time understanding lesbians? Do you find their behavior perplexing, unsavory, and erratic? Is it you? Yes, partially. But there are rules you can follow that will make being you less of a problem. Here are 20 mildly accurate, widely unspoken rules for the urban lesbian.