chapter  5
“We’re going to be legends, just like Columbus is”: The Butch- Fem Image and the Lesbian Fight for Public Space
Pages 52

Although narrators differ on the importance of roles, or the ease with which they followed their prescriptions, they all agree that butch-fem roles predominated in the public lesbian community of the past.1 They also agree that in today’s world, roles take a different form, and are not immediately apparent, if, in fact, they exist at all. As they look around the bars these days, old-timers are likely to quip, “You can’t tell the players without a program,” or, “Look at those two. When they go home they’ll toss a coin to see who will be on top!”