n.) A gender identity in which someone (female, male or other) has an awareness of cultural standards of femininity and actively embodies a feminine appearance, role, or archetype. It is usually–but not always–associated with a gay or queer sexual identity/sexuality. It is usually more accentuated and intentional than a straight female gender identity or gender presentation and often challenges standards of femininity through exaggeration, parody or transgression of gender norms.
n.) A person (male, female or other) who identifies and/or presents a femme gender identity.
v.) To actively embody a femme identity or gender presentation.
adj.) intentionally, cleverly feminine. Feminine in a non-traditional way–or referring to something/one male (or non-female) that/whom is related to or embodies a conscious femininity.
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Femmescapes is a zine collecting visual and written work by queer and trans people who experience an affinity with femmeness.
Rise of the Femme in process on view at the Texile Arts Center in March 2017.
Gabrielle Civil's book, Swallow the Fish, ships 2/22/17. Pre-order your copy here.
Purchase College, SUNY, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery