For example, Susie Bright, the founder of On Our Backs, the first lesbian sex periodical of its kind, identifies as femme.
Beyond depictions in pornography, the neo-butch and neo-femme aesthetic in day-to-day life helped add a sense of visual identity to lesbians who had abandoned these roles in the name of political correctness.
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.
It is not uncommon for women with a butch appearance to face harassment or violence.
"Butch Voices" biennial conferences "for masculine of center people" were held in 2009, 20, the last being supported by a fundraiser called Beauty and the BUTCH—"an evening of deliciously BUTCH revelry, thrilling show of tantalizing teases from queers of all genders, and choose-your-own play party adventures".
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.
Today, femmes may not only be cisgender lesbians, as the queer movement has allowed for more people to identify with the label femme.A masculine person of any gender can be described as butch, even though it is more common to use the term towards females with more masculine traits.The term butch tends to denote a degree of masculinity displayed by a female individual beyond what would be considered typical of a tomboy.The butch web designer Daddy Rhon created a symbol of a black triangle intersecting a red circle to represent butch/femme sexuality, which was first used at the beginning of the 21st century on the website and has started to be used elsewhere.There is debate about to whom the terms butch and femme can apply, and particularly whether transgender individuals can be identified in this way.