The term femme originated in communities of lesbian women. "Femme" referred to lesbian who often presented as female and took on a stereotypically feminine role. Femmes are often assumed to be sexually attracted to butches and/or masculine women, although this is not always the case. It should be noted that due to the community it originated from, many lesbians consider the use of the word femme by anyone other than a lesbian to be appropriative. For this reason, many people who identify with this gender identity choose the spelling of "fem" instead.
Flags & Symbols
The femme flag was created by Tumblr user noodle on or before Feb 9th, 2018. Purple was also chosen based on one of the colors from the orange/pink lesbian flag.
The purple/pink femme lesbian flag was created by an unknown person and has been used since at least September 30, 2019. An alternate femme lesbian flag was created by wiki user Wemrotung on March 28, 2021.
Another alternate femme flag was designed by Reddit user u/ShippyGoodness on August 9, 2020.
The femme symbol was designed on October 4, 2014 by a group of non-binary Brazilians. It is based on the female symbol but with longer prongs.