Tonight on WE’s series Secret Lives of Women, they tackle the apparently secretive topic of “Lipstick Lesbians.” One of the featured lipstick lezzies is 28-year-old Amanda from Venice Beach; here she is with her girlfriend, Mel:
I don’t know about you guys, but to me, the term “lipstick lesbian” seems so, well, old-school. One of my friends once described a lipstick lesbian as a low-maintenance femme (i.e., she wears lipstick, but not much other makeup). My guess is that the definition of a lipstick lesbian varies from place to place. In San Francisco, I rarely hear the term used at all, whereas the term “femme” still is used quite a bit, and there’s a whole political angle on what makes a femme a femme. What’s it like in your neck of the woods?
Just to get the discussion started, here are a few lesbians; tell me if you think they’re “lipstick lesbians” or “femmes”:
Portia de Rossi
Jupiter Mendoza of Pirate Master
Tammy Lynn Michaels
Nikki Wade of Bad Girls (played by Mandana Jones)
Secret Lives of Women: Lipstick Lesbians airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WE (Women’s Entertainment).