What’s slowly shifting, say community insiders, is the acceptance of couples where both women are definitively masculine.
Such pairings directly challenge antiquated ideas that have thrived in the LGBT community and beyond, said filmmaker Nneka Onuorah, whose 2015 documentary “The Same Difference” explored S4S themes.
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In the love department, dapper studs date sultry femmes, according to decades-old cultural rules that have a particularly strong foothold among black LGBT women. More masculine-presenting black lesbians are embracing the idea of romance between butch women.
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Stud for stud – or S4S – women are showing up on TV shows, forming online groups and openly turning their backs on rules that say Ms. Insiders say such relationships are old news among whites.
But in black circles, where strict ideas of what it means to be a lesbian prevail, the evolution is causing celebration and controversy.‘Society has told us you need this balance of power’To be sure, there have always been femme-femme or so-called “no label” pairings among black LGBT women.