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In Western LGBT culture, a girlfag is a person assigned female at birth who feels a strong attraction to gay and bisexual men. Girlfags often have an affinity for gay male culture. Similarly, a guydyke is a person assigned male at birth who is attracted to lesbians, bisexual women, and lesbian culture.
Although a fag hag has close friends who are gay and bisexual men, and immerses herself in gay society, she remains attracted to heterosexual men. Her relation to gay and bisexual men is strictly platonic.
A girlfag may identify with gay men; similarly, a guydyke may identify with lesbians.
In the late 1990s, Carol Queen and Jill Nagle increased awareness of the girlfag/guydyke phenomenon in the West when they came out as gay-male-identified women. Nagle herself coined the word girlfag. The coinage of guydyke followed in 2001.
Girlfag may carry a pejorative connotation when applied with a heteronormative bias.
Girlfag fiction 
Women writers who specialized in gay-male fiction include Mary Renault and Poppy Z. Brite; the latter remarked that she expresses her gay-male identity through her fiction.
Yaoi novelist Shihomi Sakakibara speculates that some fujoshi (female consumers of yaoi) might identify as gay males:
||In her 1998 book Yaoi genron: yaoi kara mieta mono ("An Illusory Theory of Yaoi: What Yaoi Shows"), Sakakibara Shihomi […] describes herself as a gay man in a woman's body (a "female-to-male gay" transsexual). S/he suggests that this condition may be quite common among fans of this genre and may in fact be the reason for its existence.
Bruce Bagemihl observed some similarities between fag hags, gay trans men, and female fans of slash fiction (a subgenre of gay male erotica):
||There is nothing new about women identifying as gay men or eroticising and idealizing sexual relationships between men. In fact, striking parallels to the sentiments expressed by many female-to-gay male transsexuals can be found in two unlikely areas: 'fag-hagging' and K/S [Kirk/Spock] slash fanzines.
Dru Pagliassotti, an American author of fantasy literature, reiterates this suggestion that an indeterminate number of fujoshi and slash fans may be girlfags.
Meanwhile, the American television drama The L Word (2004–2009) provides one example of a fictional guydyke: In four episodes of the first season of the series, Devon Gummersall plays Lisa, a biological man who self-identifies as a lesbian.
See also 
- ^ a b Moser, Charles: Health Care Without Shame: A Handbook for the Sexually Diverse and Their Caregivers. Greenery Press, 2008
- ^ Queen, Carol “Beyond the Valley of Fag Hags”; Nagle, Jill “Stroking my Inner Faggot”; in: Queen, Carol u. Schimel, Laurence [Hrsg.] (1997) PoMosexuals. USA: Cleis Press
- ^ Queer By Choice: Clare
- ^ a b Bagemihl, Bruce (1997). "2: Surrogate Phonology and Transsexual Faggotry: A Linguistic Analogy for Uncoupling Sexual Orientation from Gender Identity". In Livia, Anna. Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender, and Sexuality. Kira Hall. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-510471-4.
- ^ Moon, Dawne (1995) Insult and Inclusion: The Term Fag Hag and Gay Male Community. Social Forces, University of North Carolina Press.
- ^ Brite, Poppy Z. (1998) Enough Rope, in: Tuttle, Lisa [Ed.] Crossing the Border: Tales of Erotic Ambiguity. USA: Indigo Books
- ^ Girls And Women Getting Out of Hand: The Pleasure And Politics Of Japan's Amateur Comics Community (Archive), Matthew Thorn, (2004), 185 F 4, (accessed August 10, 2009) - Source says "This is a chapter I contributed to an anthology titled Fanning the Flames: Fans and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Japan (William W. Kelly, ed., State University of New York Press 2004). I have tried to reproduce the original pagination as accurately as possible. The horizontal lines are page breaks, and numbers immediately following or preceding such lines indicate page numbers in the book. This is the 8th (and, incidentally, final) chapter in the book. Please note also that the "yaoi" image included in the book is not the one I intended to use. The image below is the proper one, which was drawn by a former student of mine who now works professionally in the genre." So it is a reliable source
- ^ a b Meyer, Uli. Hidden in Straight Sight – Trans*gressing Gender and Sexuality via BL. In Levi, Antonia, McHarry, Mark and Pagliassotti, Dru: Boys’ Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2010 (in press)
Further reading 
- Queen, Carol u. Schimel, Laurence [Ed.]: PoMosexuals. USA: Cleis Press (1997).
- Greaney, Markisha (1999) A Proposal for Doing Transgender Theory in the Academy. In: More, Whittle [ed.] Reclaiming Genders: Transsexual Grammars at the Fin de Siècle. London: Cassell
- Hardy, Janet W.: Girlfag: A ife told in sex and musicals, 2008.
- Meyer, Uli: “Hidden in Straight Sight – Trans*gressing Gender and Sexuality via BL” in: Levi, Antonia and Mark McHarry and Dru Pagliassotti: Boys’ Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2010 (in press).
- Nagle, Jill: "Manly, Yes, But I Like It, Too: A self-described 'girlfag' reveals the truth behind her yen for sex with gay men", BUST Magazine, Summer 2003
- Rampling, Clare T.: "Who's that girlfag?" BUST Magazine, Summer 2003, p. 65
- Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky (1993): Tendencies. USA: Duke University Press.