Butch and femme are terms often used in lesbian and gay communities to describe masculine and feminine traits respectively. But if people prefer to look one way, that doesn't mean they have to give up the other. Twitter user Freedie Brooks asked people who can pull off both to share their "flyest" photos and they delivered! In just a few days, Freedie's thread received over 82K likes and 4.5K responses. Straight, gay, trans... it doesn't matter, everyone's participating and they're all beautiful.

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S 4 months ago

Oh wow <3

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The word femme is taken from the French word for woman. On the other hand, the word butch, meaning "masculine", may have been coined by abbreviating the word butcher, as first noted in George Cassidy's nickname, Butch Cassidy. However, the exact origin of the word remains unknown.

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Kangaruby 4 months ago

Oh wow that's cool!

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There is, however, an ongoing debate about to whom the terms butch and femme can apply. Particularly, whether transgender individuals can be identified in this way. For example, Jack Halberstam has stated that transgender men cannot be considered butch since it constitutes a conflation of maleness with butchness. He further argues that butchfemme is uniquely geared to work in lesbian relationships.

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Kaisu 4 months ago

She's so gorgeous!

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Writer Jewelle Gomez argues to think in a broader way. According to her, butch and femme women in the earlier twentieth century may have been expressing their closeted transgender identity.

Some commentators have interpreted the antipathy toward female butches and male femmes as transphobia, although female butches and male femmes are not always transgender, and indeed, even some heterosexuals of both genders openly display these attributes.

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Foxxy 4 months ago

Is it just me or does femme look a bit like Kelly rowland

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Like the term butch, femme can be used as an adjective or a noun. Femmes are not "read" as lesbians or queer unless they are with a butch partner, since they conform to traditional standards of femininity. Because they do not express masculine qualities, femmes were particularly vexing to those sexologists and psychoanalysts who tried to argue that all lesbians wished to be men.

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GoodWitch666 4 months ago

Handsome and beautiful

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The term butch denotes a degree of masculinity displayed by a female individual beyond what would be considered typical of a tomboy. People have compared butch women to an effeminate men in the sense that both genders are historically linked to homosexual communities and stereotypes. Reportedly, one 1990s survey of butches showed that about 50% of them were primarily attracted to femmes, while 25% reported being usually attracted to other butches.

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Zoe's Mom 4 months ago

Holy Smokes: If I wasn't aware of the topic, I swear that the one on the left was male. She can rock both beautifully.

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Kangaruby 4 months ago

Love the blue socks!

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Kangaruby 4 months ago

Oh wow that is pretty impressive

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Kioh81 4 months ago

This one is rocking the change up too!

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Lisa J 4 months ago

She's very pretty, but she is femme in all the photos. Not even androgynous.

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空の夢 4 months ago

WOW both sides are awesome!

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Kangaruby 4 months ago

Wow i love those boots!

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Celtic Pirate Queen 4 months ago

Rockin' it!

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Christina Sersif 4 months ago

Looks more femme on the left than right

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Pretty Pangolin 4 months ago

Great smile!

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Celtic Pirate Queen 4 months ago

Gorgeous either way!

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AloofFox 4 months ago

a) yes, beautiful b) not a disaster and c) YASS QUEEN

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Celtic Pirate Queen 4 months ago

I wish I had the courage to go "shaved head". I swear my Mother must have "papoosed" me. The back of my head is really flat.

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sunnyrei82 4 months ago

LOOVE the makeup!

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Luna Raven 4 months ago

I love the glasses!

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earringnut 4 months ago

Pop star to actress.

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Kaisu 4 months ago

She has such gorgeous facial features!

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Joanne 4 months ago

Looks really good in both. I also really like the clothes and hair in both photos!

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Zara 4 months ago

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Marcin uścinowicz 4 months ago

U are livin UNIQUEcorn

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GoodWitch666 4 months ago

Yes

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Lolipopunicorn 4 months ago

I had to take a double take. The left pic looks like Tamar Braxton.

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Kangaruby 4 months ago

I'm always both too...

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Pretty Pangolin 4 months ago

So did she shave her head or is that a wig? (trying not to be ignorant).

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Celtic Pirate Queen 4 months ago

Spike Lee! That you?

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