TV Alert: Catch those lipstick lesbians on WE


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

Guinevere Turner

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).

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