Let’s say femme is dispossessed femininity. It’s the femininity of those who aren’t allowed to be real women and who have to roll their own … That’s how I understand femme: badass, rogue, illegitimate femininity. It’s the femininity of those who aren’t supposed to be feminine … I’m saying that conventional femininity not only involves a performance, as Judith Butler pointed out, but also a couple of membership rules. These say that the only people who are allowed to do the feminine performance are straight and have girl bits… If you’re ruled out, then no matter how heartfelt your femininity, it will be understood as fake … Bleat all you like; to the world, you’re no sheep. To the world, you’re a wolf.
Elizabeth Marston, ”Rogue Femininity” in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme (via queerbetweenthelines)
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