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Analysis on the Self-Identification in Lesbian Relationships and Potential Stereotypes Portrayed in Films

Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Language, Art and Cultural Exchange (ICLACE 2021)


    The six films to be analyzed in the paper all portray the relationships of lesbian people, and can be briefly categorized into two types, which are respectively masculinized lesbian characters, also known as “butch” in lesbian self-identification, as well as feminine characters, known as “femme”. This paper explores how the chosen lesbian films reveal butch and femme genders in their respective self-identification process and it also attempts to investigate whether there exist stereotypical characterization and presentations. As can be told from the analytical results, some of the characters are with stereotypical constructions whereas others are more complex ones than purely being categorized into such dichotomy.


© 2021, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.

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