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femme +‎ -phobia


femmephobia (uncountable)

  1. Dislike of, or hostility towards, women and/or individuals who present as feminine (femmes).
    • 1999, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Black Venus: Sexualized Savages, Primal Fears, and Primitive Narratives in French, page 35:
      Femmephobia is perhaps a more fitting description of Adolph's anxieties — he has a fear rather than a hatred of Frenchwomen.
    • 2018, Brynn Tannehill, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask), page 320:
      It's no secret that transgender women absorb the brunt of hate that comes from femmephobia.
    • 2019, Morgan Lev Edward Holleb, The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality: From Ace to Ze, page 115:
      Masculine women, butches, and masc who aren't men do not benefit from femmephobia.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:femmephobia.
  2. Dislike of, or hostility towards, stereotypically effeminate gay men, especially within the gay community.
    • 2007, Annie Paul, Caribbean Culture: Soundings on Kamau Brathwaite, page 368:
      Indeed, the existence of what has been labelled homophobia, I argue, may be more correctly analysed as a kind of "femmephobia", where same-sex relationships, particularly those between two men, are viewed as having the power to feminize men.
    • 2013, Aniruddha Dutta, “Masculinities of Desire, Derision and Defiance: Global Gay Femmephobia and Kothi-Hijra-Trans Heterosexualities”, in Rohit K. Dasgupta; K. Moti Gokulsing, editor, Masculinity and Its Challenges in India: Essays on Changing Perceptions, page 146:
      Probably the most visible and overt site of global(izing) patterns of femmephobia are male-male dating and sexual networking websites, ranging from Grindr, an Iphone application for sexual networking used primarily in the U.S., and Planetromeo, a dating site with a large following in India. [] A range of sample user profiles documented on the site include injunctions like the following: "Only into 101% masculine: Fems dnt fkin mssg me [sic]. College athlete (not some pansy sport"; "Looking for studs: no fats, fems [sic] or anyone above 30"; "If your only personality is gay, move on"; "Be masculine please! I'm gay don't want a girl!"; []
    • 2020, Emerson L. R. Barrett, “Sexing the Margins: Homonationalism in Gay Dating Apps”, in D. Nicole Farris; D'Lane R. Compton; Andrea P. Herrera, editor, Gender, Sexuality and Race in the Digital Age, page 126:
      In the sexual minority men's community femmephobia typically appears as an abhorrence to stereotypical "gay" things such as liking musicals, lim wrists, sounding effeminate (i.e. a higher pitched voice or a feminine cadence), dressing in clothing considered to be for women and much more.

Usage notes[edit]

  • A related concept is gynophobia, the fear of women, but not necessarily dislike or hostile of them.