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 was popularized by Leslie Feinberg in Stone Butch Blues, a 1993 novel describing the protagonist's explorations of the lesbian community. A large segment of the novel 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). "Even Stone Butches Get the Blues". Female Masculinity. Duke University Press.
- Zimmerman, Bonnie (2000). Encyclopedia of Lesbian Histories and Cultures. Routledge. p. 140. ISBN 9780815319207.
- 1949-2014., Feinberg, Leslie, (1993). Stone butch blues : a novel. Ithaca, N.Y.: Firebrand Books. ISBN 1555838537. OCLC 27336208.
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