Masculinity in lesbian discourse: the case of butch and femme

Jones, Lucy (2015) Masculinity in lesbian discourse: the case of butch and femme. In: Language and masculinities: performance, intersections, dislocations. Routledge critical studies in discourse (7). Routledge, New York, pp. 174-196. ISBN 9781317638926

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This chapter explores the ways in which a lesbian community of practice perform a ‘butch’ identity. It uses discourse analysis to consider an interaction between them, showing a shared sense of self to be produced which rejects traditional symbols of femininity. It is argued that performing a ‘butch’ identity is not the same as projecting a ‘masculine’ self; instead, butch identity is a way of challenging typical expectations about (heterosexual) women and femininity. ‘Butch’ identity is more complex than the mimicry of maleness, as it is often interpreted; instead, it allows lesbian women to perform an alternative, queer female identity.

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Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
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Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 14:11
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