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A lipstick lesbian is a slang term for a feminine homosexual woman who is attracted to other feminine women, rather than a lesbian who is attracted to more masculine women, such as in a "butch and femme"-type relationship. It is also used to describe a homosexual (or bisexual) woman who exhibits feminine gender attributes, such as wearing make-up (thus, lipstick), wearing dresses or skirts, having a love of shopping, and perhaps having other characteristics associated with feminine women. Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... A lesbian is a woman who is romantically and sexually attracted only to other women. ... Kamen Rider Ryuki character, see Kamen Rider Femme. ... In human sexuality, bisexuality describes a man or woman having a sexual orientation to persons of either or both sexes (a man or woman who sexually likes both sexes; people who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to both males and females). ... For other uses, see Cosmetic. ... Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes, and emollients that applies color and texture to the lips. ...

In mainstream American films, lesbians are often portrayed according to the lipstick lesbian stereotype to be both politically safer and more sexually attractive to male viewers. A good example is Showtime's television series The L Word, which presents most of its major lesbian characters in this way. Most lesbians in mainstream pornography are also portrayed in this way. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. ... The L Word is a television drama series that portrays the lives, loves and learnings of a group of lesbians and bisexuals and their friends, family and lovers in Los Angeles. ... Pornographic movies Pornography (Porn) (from Greek πόρνη (porne) prostitute and γραφή (grafe) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ...

The term was used in San Francisco at least as far back as the 1980s. In 1982, Priscilla Rhoades, a journalist with the gay newspaper The Sentinel, wrote a feature story on "Lesbians for Lipstick." The term is thought to have emerged in wide usage during the early 1990s. A 1997 episode of the television show Ellen widely publicized the phrase. In the show, Ellen DeGeneres's character, asked by her parents whether a certain woman is a "dipstick lesbian," explains that the term is "lipstick lesbian," and comments that "I would be a chapstick lesbian." Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Ellen (originally titled These Friends of Mine for the first season) was a U.S. television sitcom which ran on the ABC network from March of 1994 to July of 1998. ... Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. ... A dipstick is a stick of paper or cardboard with reagents to test the chemical properties of a liquid. ... A tube of ChapStick ChapStick is the brand name adopted in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom by Wyeth Consumer Healthcare for its range of lip balms produced to be used on chapped lips. ...

In 1999, columnist Mark Steyn called actress Anne Heche, who was dating DeGeneres at the time, "the world's most famous lipstick lesbian." [1] Mark Steyn (born 1959) is a Canadian journalist, columnist, and film and music critic. ... Anne Celeste Heche (IPA: ) (born May 25, 1969) is an American actress, director and screenwriter. ...

A distinction is sometimes drawn between the phrases "lipstick lesbian" and "chapstick lesbian" and the older phrases butch and femme by suggesting that the former phrases simply refer to appearance, whereas the latter imply mutual attraction of the two types. "Chapstick lesbians" are often considered soft butch. A soft butch is a lesbian that exhibits some stereotypical butch lesbian traits, but not to the extreme of an actual butch lesbian. ...

The term has also been reinterpreted as a derogatory reference to feigned lesbianism — implying that it is as easy as lipstick to add or remove.

An alternate term for "lipstick lesbian" is "doily dyke." A doily is a small ornamental mat usually made of lace or linen placed underneath a dish or bowl Categories: Food and drink stubs ... Dyke is a slang term for a lesbian. ...

An additional slang definition of the term "lipstick lesbian"- A heterosexual woman who claims to be a lesbian and engages in sexual activity with other women. She does this in the hopes of getting the attention of heterosexual men who believe that the concept of a woman who enjoys being with other women sexually, as fun and attractive.


  • Butler, Judith [1999-09-01]. Gender Trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity., Paperback, New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-92499-5. 

Image:J Butler. ... Gender Trouble is a 1990 book by Judith Butler that is highly influential in academic feminism and queer theory. ...

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