Cailin (carnivalesque) wrote in rubyfruitjungle,

I'm writing a paper on female masculinities, starting at Halberstam, taking off through some gender bending movies, and taking some labels into account. Check out what I have so far, label wise, and feel free to add/complain/amend what I've found after a preliminary sweep.

Lets start with the obvious platform and go from there...

- Butch

The term butch often is used to describe certain lesbians, though the term is also used for gay men. Butch can entail short-cropped hair, overtly masculine clothes including possibly military dress, attitude involving deliberate machismo, and chivalry. [Wikipedia]

- Stone Butch

A Stone Butch is a woman or Genderqueer person who is strongly masculine in character and dress, who tops her partners sexually (and sometimes emotionally), and who does not wish to be touched genitally. Not all stone butches identify in female terms, some are known to identify with male pronouns, and many stone butches - not all, but many - do not identify themselves with lesbian or within the lesbian community. [Wikipedia]

[See also, Leslie Feinberg, author of Stone Butch Blues. Wish hir well, if you have time. Also word up to Minnie Bruce.]

- Fag Dyke

A fag dyke is a butch lesbian who shows a pronounced preference for other butch women.

Most probably coined because such a relationship defies the woefully myopic & grossly uninformed but no less typical "which one's the man?" question, and produces a couple that bears a resemblance, in straight eyes, to a gay male couple.

- Girlfag

A female bodied person of any sexuality that finds male-on-male action arousing. Also a female bodied person who fantasizes about participating in male-on-male action. Sometimes, a female bodied person who wishes to be a gay man. [unconfirmed, will find resources in the AM.]

- Transmen

Transmen or trans men are transgender or transsexual people who were assigned to the female gender at birth (or, in cases of intersexuality, later) and who feel that this is not an accurate or complete description of themselves. They have a male gender identity and/or present themselves as men and desire to live in a male gender role. Some employ testosterone therapy to meet this goal and/or undergo procedures such as mastectomy, hysterectomy, metoidioplasty, phalloplasty, urethraplasty, scrotoplasty, vaginectomy, and/or other surgeries, while some transmen do not make any physical changes to their bodies. [Wikipedia]

- Transfag

A female-to-male transsexual attracted to men only. [See Daniel's site here.]

[On that note, there should be transbi as well, though that isn't as catchy. A trans person of either gender attracted to individuals of both genders. But "both" falsly indicates duality, so lets incorporate pansexuality in... lets say... pantrans ♥... a transperson attracted to individuals of all genders. Much better.]

- Queer FTM

A female-to-male transperson who identifies as gay/bi or queer.

- Transbear

I've seen references of this on random sites and lj, and barring some hard and fast definition, I'm gathering it to refer to a gay FtM who identifies "bear"... meaning... well, this is an interesting area I've never been in. Lets see:

The bear community is a subculture in the gay community. Bears are gay and bisexual men with hairy bodies and facial hair and some can have cuddly bodies. In the 90's the term Bear was taken over in many groups by Chubby bears tired of being called Chubby and desiring to be included in a mainstream group of gay men. Bears often exhibit an outwardly masculine appearance. Some bears place great importance on presenting a hyper-masculine image and shun interaction with men who display effeminate style and mannerisms. Bears are typically contrasted with twinks. [Wikipedia] There's an emphasis on fuzzyness, ie, facial and body hair. Think Al Borlin on Home Improvement. If he were gay.

Middle Grounds...?:

- Genderqueer

A genderqueer person is part of a group of people who do not fit into the traditional two-gender or gender-binary system. As with any other groups that may be aligned with transgender identities, the reasons for identifying as genderqueer vary. [See Wikipedia entry]

- Androgyne

An androgyne is a person who feels that they do not fit cleanly into society's boxes labeled masculine and feminine. An androgyne may identify with the gender identity of a combination of masculine and feminine, or as neither. They may also use the terms non-gendered or bigendered. They may experience swings between genders. [See Androgyne]

- Third gender

Third gender and third sex are terms that arose from attempts to describe individuals or societies whose sex, gender role, gender identity or sexual orientation does not fit within a binary scheme of (heterosexual) male and female. [Wikipedia]


- Homovestism

Coined by Louise J Kaplan, homovestism to refer to being aroused by wearing clothing appropriate to the wearer's gender, compared to transvestism, which is being aroused by wearing clothing appropriate to the opposite gender. [Wikipedia]

- Autogynephilia

Autogynephilia (from Greek auto (self), gyno (woman) and philia (love) — "love of oneself as a woman") is a behavioral model proposed in 1989 by Ray Blanchard, who defines it as "a man's paraphilic tendency to be sexually aroused by the thought or image of himself as a woman." [Wikipedia]

What about this, then? [the following is my own idea, perhaps?]

- Autoandrephilia

Autoandrephilia (from Greek auto (self), andro (man) and philia (love) — "love of oneself as a man"): a behavioral model defined it as "a woman's paraphilic tendency to be sexually aroused by the thought or image of herself as a man."

EDIT: I didn't coin the above term. There's talk flying on the net about it. Read these links. Scroll down on this Wikipedia one, and check this too.

If you have anything you want to add, please comment, and if possible, include definitions/thoughts/links/etc. Thank you.

More to come
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