In Albert and Armand's relationship, a homonormative binary could possibly be defined as Albert being femme, and Armand being butch. To back up a bit, Albert's personality is filled with a number of feminine qualities. His daily activities consisted of shopping and cooking, a stereotypical feminine role. Armand, however, was in charge of finances and owned the Birdcage. To put them into Butler's butch and femme categories follows again their roles. That is, from the beginning of the film, Albert is introduced in a scene where he is overly emotional. He calls himself a woman and calls Armand a man at one point in the film. This of course is a very drastic portrayal, possibly being put out as mocking heteronormative behavior. Armand, on the other hand, comes into the movie as the calm and rational member of the relationship, the masculine role stereotype; in other words he fits the butch representation. This use of a masculine character and a feminine character fits well with readings thus far in that there is a norm portrayed even when the directors use gay characters as main characters. The only comfort you can find in the movie as a progressive positive view is that of acceptance at the end of the film. Not only did Armand's son accept his father and mother (Albert) at the end of the film, but the senator's wife also did. This part of the movie made me tear up, but overall the film didn't do as much as I would have liked in terms of breaking stereotypes.