(adjective / noun)
This term is often used to describe outward gender expression, though it has been historically used as an identity term very similar to boi or transmasculine and considered under the masculine of center umbrella. Butch refers to traditional working class masculinity. It is often seen in lesbian communities. One variation is ‘soft butch’ which refers to an expression that is masculine but is closer to neutrality than extreme masculinity.
e.g. The butch woman wore a leather jacket and pants with her hair slicked back in a ponytail. Being butch was part of Shauna’s lesbian identity.
Further reading to gain expanded context:
Butch lineage: the difficulties of chronicling a subculture | Archer Magazine
Butch Lesbians are Here and Still Queer | them.us
InQueery: The REAL Meaning of the Word “Butch” | them.us
Butchness Is Not The Opposite Of Beauty – It’s A Kind Of Its Own | Refinery29
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