Date: Sun, 3 Mar 1996 14:47:55 -0400

From: "Bethany K. Dumas, U of Tennessee" dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.UTK.EDU

Subject: Re: gay

On Sun, 3 Mar 1996, M. Lynne Murphy wrote:

i just read a newsletter for a gay and lesbian organization that

repeatedly used the phrase "lesbians and gay women"

i wonder if this

usage has anything to do w/ the rather hard-and-fast butch/femme role-

taking here--the "lesbians" being the butches and the "gay women" the


First time I have seen that distinction made in that way ...


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