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cherchez la femme

A French phrase meaning "look for the woman," the idea being that when a man starts behaving strangely, it is often because he is attracted to or involved with a woman. The phrase is typically attributed to French author Alexandre Dumas. A: "Todd has started dressing better and acting much more mature lately." B: "Hmm, cherchez la femme, methinks."
See also: femme, la

femme

1. noun, informal A woman, girl, or wife; a female. If the femmes in my life had their way, I wouldn't have this mustache.
2. noun, slang A person who is feminine in appearance and/or sensibility. Typically used of lesbians and gay men who exhibit such traits. Some lesbians describe themselves as butches, some describe themselves as femmes, and others eschew labels altogether. Julie always dates femmes.
3. adjective, slang Describing a person who is feminine in appearance and/or sensibility. Typically used of lesbians and gay men who exhibit such traits. Everyone Julie dates is femme. Some lesbians describe themselves as butch, some describe themselves as femme, and others eschew labels altogether.

femme fatale

A mysterious and attractive woman who puts men in dangerous or compromising situations. James Bond is always able to see through the evil plot of the femme fatale.
See also: fatale, femme

(be) a ˌfemme faˈtale

(from French) a beautiful woman that men find sexually attractive but who brings them trouble or unhappiness: The movie follows the relationship between sexy femme fatale Suzy and young lawyer Jim, which eventually leads to a murderous crime of passion.
The meaning of the French expression is ‘disastrous woman’.
See also: fatale, femme

femme fatale

An attractive woman who is, for one reason or another, dangerous. French for “fatal woman,” the term has been used in English since about 1900, and today it is often used more ironically than seriously. Michael Arlen used it in The Green Hat (1924): “So you heard about it from that femme fatale, did you?” Much more recently Richard Dyer used it in the sense of “very glamorous” in describing the singer who played the leading role in the opera Carmen: “She’s physically and vocally limber, and revels in her femme-fatale look” (Boston Globe, March 24, 2005).
See also: fatale, femme

cherchez la femme

This French phrase that translates as “look for a woman,” originated with the elder Alexandre Dumas in his novel The Mohicans of Paris. Its meaning is that unusual male behavior can often be traced to involvement with a female. For example, countless generations of adolescent boys who never paid attention to their wardrobe or personal grooming suddenly became interested in clothing fashions. They washed their face and combed their hair without being told to, and spent hours chatting on the telephone (now a computer or handheld device) with the classic teenage boy's dreamy/dopey look on their face. Their parents would regard the phenomenon with a knowing and bemused expression as they told each other, “cherchez la femme.”
See also: femme, la
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Some lesbians report that they do not adhere to heterosexual standards of female beauty; however, they "feel confined to a lesbian standard of beauty, one which is thin, physically fit, strong, well-dressed, and not too 'femmy'" (Pitman, 2000, p.
So many women complain that stylists in mainstream salons make them look too femmy (and not in an actual "femme" way), and it takes a lot of guts to walk into the local barber shop to get a clipper cut no matter how much you've embraced your butchiness.
Tomboyish Lou (Michelle Wolff) and femmy blonde Sassafras (Daniele Ferraro) are just friends, but graduation to lover status is pretty much a done deal when they road-trip to San Francisco after college, then rent a flat together.
His wealth threatens to put them on the bottom where they have always been, but this time, in relation to a tiny, femmy boy.
Bright articulates the difference between the "butch" she had known and the "femmy guy with a beard" she was facing, especially the ways such transitions configure her own desire for female masculinity.
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annwyl y diweddar tad tyner Carol a Gareth, tad yng-nghyfraith Brian a Noelle, Taid caredig Huw a Kerry, Gwen a Femmy, Elin a Caleb, daid Moli a brawd Win, Mair Rhys ar diweddar Lisa, Trebor a Dafydd.
Instead, I get to worry then about how the hotel clerk will react when my butch-looking girlfriend and my femmy self ask for a room with a double bed.
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It seems really late in the history of the women's movement for muscularity and strength to be something we're uncomfortable with." Johnson notes with frustration that, despite her long hair, ample breasts, and "femmy clothes," she still gets called "sir" simply because of her muscular arms.
When Claude, a henna-haired fifteen-year-old who dresses in what can only be called husky sizes, and her blonde waif of a best friend, Ellen (Tara Subkoff), pass the mirror one afternoon, they fall into a mock-sex routine: Claude, in baggy shorts and tee, playing the butch dude, Ellen his/her femmy conquest.
All the sex is great, but we really love the moment when femmy Violet invites Corky to feel under her skirt to prove that she's really turned on by women.
In my own history, gender has been a boundary so taut it threatened at times to strangle me: once upon a time, I knew a woman who thought me so "femmy" she was shocked when I appeared one day on a bicycle.