"Butchness borrows from masculinity, but it is not necessarily manly. When this masculinity is expressed through a woman's body, different things happen. . . .
A butch lesbian, at least in the ideal, is not the best of both worlds, male and female -- she is a new world. She is the discovery, every day, of how a woman can be a woman without the trappings of femininity."
--Malinda Lo, "Rachel Maddow, Butch Fatale," at After Ellen