A stone butch is a lesbian who displays female butchness or traditional "masculinity". Stone butches usually do not like to be sexually touched genitally by their partners; however, they still provide their partners with sexual gratification, and often experience pleasure themselves in doing so. A stone butch woman is also receptive to receiving sexual pleasure from her female partner in different ways as well.
The term "stone butch" was popularized by Leslie Feinberg in her 1993 novel Stone Butch Blues, which describes the protagonist's explorations of the lesbian community. A large segment is devoted to the tribulations of being a stone butch person. At the end of the novel the protagonist ultimately settles the battle between her gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexual role by claiming the autonomy to identify however she wishes.
- Halberstam, Judith (1998). "Lesbian Masculinity: Even Stone Butches Get the Blues". Female Masculinity (1st ed.). Duke University Press. p. 111. ISBN 0822322269.
- Zimmerman, Bonnie, ed. (1999). Lesbian Histories and Cultures (1st ed.). Routledge. p. 140. ISBN 978-0815319207.
- Feinberg, Leslie (1993). Stone Butch Blues: A Novel (1st ed.). Firebrand Books. ISBN 1563410303.
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