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'''Femme''' (or '''fem''') is a term that can referrefers to both a femininequeer [[genderperson expression]]that orhas a feminine [[gender identityexpression]], andconsidered itto generally exaggerates body features that are stereotypicallybe feminine.<ref name="bustler">[https://www.bustle.com/articles/166081-what-does-femme-mean-the-difference-between-being-femme-being-feminine What Does Femme Mean? The Difference Between Being Femme & Being Feminine] on Bustler.com</ref> It was originally used to distinguish feminine lesbian and bisexual women from [[butch]] women, and it is still one of the main uses of the term. Additionally, itIt's common for trans and non-binary individuals to use the term to refer to their identity or expression even if they don't identify as lesbian or bisexual women.<ref name="bustler">[https://www.bustle.com/articles/166081-what-does-femme-mean-the-difference-between-being-femme-being-feminine What Does Femme Mean? The Difference Between Being Femme & Being Feminine] on Bustler.com</ref> However, this last usage is a bit controversial.<ref>[http://lesbiansovereverything.com/on-the-appropriation-of-femme/ On the appropriation of femme] on Lesbians over everything</ref>
 
== Difference between ''femme'' and ''feminine'' ==
The word ''femme'' can only be used to describe people in the LGBTQ+ spectrum. That means that [[cisgender]] straight women should use the term to describe themselves.<ref group="note">Note that, in French, ''femme'' means ''woman.''This articles is about the English usage of this word.</ref>
 
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