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Pre-discussion Judith Butler - Reading and Discussing Feminist Literature
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Pre-discussion Judith Butler
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artemisia28 From: artemisia28 Date: July 8th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
My teacher says, that seeing genderbenders as making a protest to gender stereotypes is naive, as they are actually just improving the stereotypes, and thereby reinforcing them (for example: travestites act so extravagantly female that it seems to people not more than a joke). I'll have to look up what she said precicely, I don't remember it exactly. My opinion not yet formulated.
From: nymphaeales Date: July 8th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess that would depend on how one bends gender. I sort of draw a distinction between people who dress in drag for the purpose of partying/special occasions (and exaggerate the gender they're aping) and people who do it as part of their daily routine, many of whom don't go all-fem or all-andro, much less exaggerate anything.
artemisia28 From: artemisia28 Date: July 8th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
So - that last category sort of does it to mark their being a person, not a gender? Maybe that's the point, to state it simple: that people are not their gender, but some species behind it, and that they could perform anything, and that their 'natural' gender is no more natural to them than the other gender would be.

Thing is though that gender is not really thrown away if people go perform part of the other gender, as they do it with the intention to take things over from the other gender, and the parts can still be recognised as parts of different genders. So concretely: if I (female) would have very short hair and wear a necklace with pins on it, plus a skirt, people would think the skirt female and the hair and the necklace male. And with other behaviour than dressing, the same. So the binary isn't overthrown then... Maybe that's what my teacher meant.
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