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Those who identify as butch and femme today often use the words to define their presentation and gender identity rather than strictly the role they play in a relationship, and that not all butches are attracted exclusively to femmes and not all femmes are exclusively attracted to butches, a departure from the historic norm. The meanings of these terms vary and can evolve over time.

A woman who likes to receive and not give sexually is called a "pillow queen". The term boi is typically Horny women in Albert, OK by younger LGBT women.

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Prior to the middle of the 20th century in Western culture, homosexual societies were mostly underground or secret, making it difficult to determine how long butch and femme roles have been practiced by women.

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