Gay Tape: Butch and Femme

1985 | 00:28:56 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: LGBTQ, Love, Portrait, Sexuality

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Gay Tape: Butch and Femme is Cecilia Dougherty's first video work. She was immersed in two things at the time: making artwork and being a part of the Oakland, California lesbian bar scene. The tape is the child of those two activities. Dougherty asked her friends, Ann and Joanne, and her girlfriend at the time, Rosa, to speak on camera about dating and the emergence of butch-femme relationships, which alluded to not so much a regression to old time lesbian subculture as to a quotation of those times, and an appreciation of that kind of lesbian eroticism. Dougherty provided the general topic and the women — including Dougherty herself in one or two sequences — spoke extemporaneously.