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 separatist feminist movement of the late 1960s and 1970s forced butches and femmes underground, as radical lesbian feminists found lesbian gender roles to be a disappointing and oppressive replication of heterosexual lifestyle.However, the 1980s saw a resurgence of butch and femme gender roles.The femme lesbian historian Joan Nestle argues that femme and butch may be seen as distinct genders in and of themselves.to describe an individual's gender or gender performance.
He further argues that butch–femme is uniquely geared to work in lesbian relationships.
In this new configuration of butch and femme, it was acceptable, even desirable, to have femme-femme sexual and romantic pairings.
Femmes gained value as their own lesbian gender, making it possible to exist separately from butches.
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".