The lovely Skinny Bone Jones has posted about how she and her loverbird M recently took one of those “ridiculous” (I’m quoting her) butch/femme quizzes. You can read about their reaction to the quiz and find out about the marriages it almost wrecked here 😉
The half-baked butch/femme quiz… We know they’re awful and that we’ll glean absolutely no useful insights from them and yet who can resist? But, I must say, this one takes the cake. It’s so ill-conceived it’s not really worth writing a post about, but I just have to express my dissent. (Yes, I’m dissenting to a quiz. So there.) The authors say the quiz is just for fun, but if you’re going to post a quiz on the internet that purports to evaluate people’s gender identities, shouldn’t you take some responsibility for what you’re putting out in the world?
Here’s my beef. First, some of the questions just don’t make sense or don’t have anything to do with gender, like this one:
<<When looking for a phone number you are more likely to:
1.Call and ask a friend who has it
2.Look it up in the phone book
3.Look it up in your address book/rolladex
5.Skip calling all together>>
Ridiculous. What is the implication here? Femmes are lazy? Butches don’t know how to use a phone book? I have no idea.
Second, the quiz is hopelessly outdated. There is no recognition of lesbian gender in general and femme as a queer gender in particular. Skinny is absolutely right about the Leave It to Beaver version of femininity that undergirds the quiz. Their chart suggests that femme is soft, weak, etc and butch is strong, hard, etc. I’m so over these tired steretypes.
It’s obviously written by people who have no clue about femininity or femme. For example, take a look at this question:
<<If FORCED to wear eye shadow, what color would you wear:
3.You’d have to consult your colorist
4.a color that matches your skin tone exactly
It took me ages to figure out that #4 is the butch answer. The authors don’t seem to realize that tone (warm or cool) does not equal color. So you actually want to match you skin tone when selecting makeup colors!
I scored exactly the same as Skinny: Strong Femme. According to the authors’ chart, that’s basically an “androgynous” femme. Since their ideas about gender are archaic, “strong” means kinda butchy for them. But no worries, my lovelies. I’m happy and proud to be a strong femme. Strong enough to say that this quiz sucks.