Thursday, August 9, 2012
Review: Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What can be said about Judith Butler? She is insanely difficult to read, and almost impossible to take any notes on without copying entire paragraphs out of her books. But, as a good friend once said, "It is damned sexy when Judy brings it home." This is true of Gender Trouble.
Butler expands beyond the usual feminist understanding of sex (biological) and gender (cultural), writing that both are cultural understandings of the body. She separates sex from gender (as any good lesbian theorist should), and writes about queer possibilities for desire, sexuality, and gender identity which break out of the 'matrix' of anatomy=gender=sexual desire.
My crude analysis doesn't do the book justice, trust me. You'll just have to read it yourself!
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