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Butch and femme are terms often used in the lesbian and gay subcultures to describe approximate equivalents of traditional masculine and feminine gender roles, respectively, of members of the same sex within a relationship, or to describe individuals.
     
However, homosexual relationship do not easily fit into butch and a femme stereotypes. For example, a lipstick lesbian[?] is a feminine woman who is attracted to other feminine women. Among homosexuals the practices of 'femme on femme' and 'butch on butch' sex preferences are sometimes repressed by cultural mores. Many masculine gay men will only date other masculine men; some "femme" men prefer or demand "butch" men.

The site Straightacting.com[?] is an example of a humorous site where homosexual men and women may measure and discuss their butch-ness or femme-ness.



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