For example, gender nonconforming people and transgender women have claimed use of the term.Femmes still combat the invisibility their presentation creates and assert their sexuality through their femininity.Stereotypes and definitions of butch and femme vary greatly, even within tight-knit LGBT communities.
She believes the link between appearance and gender performance and one's sexuality should be disrupted, because the way someone looks should not define their sexuality.
The femme lesbian historian Joan Nestle argues that femme and butch may be seen as distinct genders in and of themselves.
to describe an individual's gender or gender performance.
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.
However, the 1980s saw a resurgence of butch and femme gender roles.
Traditionally, the femme in a butch-femme couple was expected to act as a stereotypical feminine woman and provide emotional support for her butch partner.