You know what Anon, this is an excellent question. I’ve been thinking hard about it ever since you asked. I hope you’re still around to see the answer.
At first I wanted to say that I don’t use femme as a synonym for female, because femme identity isn’t and shouldn’t be tied to sex.
Then I realized that your question must have been prompted by my post about casting Clea Duvall as “femme Dean,” following the fandom parlance for genderbent characters. In which case, you’re absolutely right. Femme Dean is distinct from cis woman Dean, and I conflated the two without thinking. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, and I’ll be more careful with my language in the future.
They could overlap, of course. Just as Jensen Ackles is equally appealing in denim and canvas as he is in a tuxedo, I expect Clea Duvall would be just as gritty and tough during the hunt and clean up just as well when the occasion called for it.
Hard femme Dee?
Goal: To create beautiful, frilly, lacey, poofy gowns with ATTACHED binders.
Because boys should also get to wear fabulous tulle dresses.
WANT. Oh man, best idea ever. When I want to wear a dress I usually have to go full femme because either the dress is cut for boobs and doesn’t look right without them, or the binder shows and looks tacky because it doesn’t match/blend.
I need to hit up my trans tailor friends and get out my sewing machine.