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Gender Troubles – The Butches (2016)

Gender Troubles - The Butches

While lesbians and gay men are enjoying more acceptance from society in general, this tolerance is often limited to those individuals who seem most like their heterosexual counterparts: masculine men and feminine women. There is much less comfort with and approval of those who do not conform to gender expectations such as effeminate men and butch women. This discomfort exists, surprisingly, sometimes even within queer communities.

​The women portrayed in this film thoughtfully examine and challenge society’s assumptions about what it means to be masculine or feminine. They reveal how they have learned to cope and thrive in a world that does not honor them.

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