Ed Team

Thoughts on Butchness Sparked by Rachel Maddow

Filed By Ed Team | March 16, 2009 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: butch, gender identity

"Butchness borrows from masculinity, but it is not necessarily manly. When this masculinity is expressed through a woman's body, different things happen. . . .

A butch lesbian, at least in the ideal, is not the best of both worlds, male and female -- she is a new world. She is the discovery, every day, of how a woman can be a woman without the trappings of femininity."

--Malinda Lo, "Rachel Maddow, Butch Fatale," at After Ellen

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Paige Listerud | March 17, 2009 12:11 PM

Much as I love Rachel, she is not that butch for this era--standards of masculinity and femininity shift over time.

An honorable and respectful representation of butch women--straight, bi, or lesbian--has yet to make its way to television. I would consider that as big a breakthrough as Ellen's coming out moment.