Questions about the resonance and relevance of this classic and much stereotyped lesbian identity are not, of course, new questions. Perhaps the most well-known interrogation occurred during the famous ‘sex-wars’ of the 1980s, but arguably these debates cannot be separated entirely from broader critiques concerning the visibility and prominence of lesbians and lesbian culture generally, within the wider LG, LGB and now LGBTQI+ environments. Contemporary debates include so-called ‘border wars’ between butch and FTM trans identities; concerns over what is called ‘butch flight’; the forms and styles of various masculinities and the desirability of masculinity (or any gender) at all; the raced and classed specificities of butch identities, as well as whether lesbian gender identities are innate, socially constructed or both.
Mackay, F. (2017). Lesbian/queer masculinities