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Playing With: Lipstick Lesbian
Basic Trope: A lesbian character who sports an attractive-to-straight-men appearance, typically pairing with another.
  • Straight: Alice and Betty have faces ripped from a fashion-magazine.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Lesbians are the only feminine women in the world.
    • Lipstick lesbians are portrayed as even more attractive than straight women, because Girl-on-Girl Is Hot.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Betty aren't particularly stunning, but still act too conventionally feminine to count as Butch Lesbians.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Butch Lesbian or Manly Gay
  • Subverted: Betty ditches the makeup as soon as she's escaped a social event.
  • Double Subverted: ...because she didn't like said event. She then puts it on again.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice reads the magazine tips on "how to impress your man!".
    • Alice reads men's magazine tips on "how to impress women!"
  • Zig Zagged: Alice and Betty are glammed up the first time we see a formal event. In the next episode, they're in flannel and hiking boots...for a camping trip in the mountains. Neither style turns out to be typical of either; Alice usually looks like a stereotypical Granola Girl, while Betty is a Perky Goth.
  • Averted:
    • Neither Alice nor Betty is a lesbian.
    • Alice is The Lad-ette, whether or not she is a lesbian.
    • Alice is neither particularly masculine nor feminine.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Well, excuse me for liking to look pretty!"
  • Invoked: Alice and Betty, usually Chapstick Lesbians, decide to glam it up for a Halloween party.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "I am a strong proud modern woman and I am not going to turn myself into a Barbie doll clone for any reason, but especially not so I can facilitate your masturbatory fantasies about me and my girlfriend!"
  • Discussed: "Why can't any of the lesbians we know be all Rita Hayworth smoking hot instead of always wearing flannel?" "... why am I friends with you?"
  • Conversed: "I have to wonder if the writers designed Alice and Betty to be ultra-feminine as Fanservice or as a legitimate attempt to avoid the Butch Lesbian stereotype."
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Betty are deeply closeted, because the deceptively sleepy little town where their lives would turn nasty if anyone found out that they were a couple.
  • Reconstructed: Alice thinks the butch angle is stereotypical and played-out, deciding she can still be gay and feminine.
  • Played For Laughs: In-universe, wearing makeup and dresses is masculine, while having short hair and playing football is feminine. Everyone treats them like Butch Lesbians.
  • Played For Drama: Alice's desires to conform and be 'normal' conflict with her 'alternative' sexuality, causing her much angst.

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