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T Agree With Everythingagree with everything the author presents in this book but it is interesting and very good nonetheless I often see people warning potential readers to stay away from Judith Butler due to the incomprehensibility or difficulty of the material Should the style in which something is written decrease the value Should all works be written to the same style and standard in order that they are acceptableIs comprehensibility a so called valid outcomeButler addresses the issue of style in the new foreword to Gender Trouble It is no doubt strange and madden ing to some to find a book that is not easily consumed to be popular according to academic standards The surprise over this is perhaps attributable to the way we underestimate the reading public its capacity and desire for reading complicated and challenging texts when the complication is not gratuitous when the challenge is in the service of calling taken for granted truths into uestion when the taken for grantedness of those truths is indeed oppressiveI would argue that easy answers are harmful Can complex ideas truly be encapsulated in straightforward writing or a simple diagram Does the reduction of the idea to digestible simplicity remove the nuance Finally does simplicity of presentation argue an answer rather than a uestionWe claim to have answers to many concepts and present them as fact framework acknowledged truths Time space gender history sex These ideas are often presented in summaries as answers as truths and one would do well to interrogate the cultures and societies that bring forth these truths these understood facts Life is a uestion a perpetual conversationUndoing Gender is a conversation Butler never attempts to answer the complexity of gender rather she asks uestion upon uestion changing her approach and focus pulling in new concepts and theories as the book progresses Butler challenges the legitimacy of recognition of the diversity of being who recognises Who regulates Is recognition harmful or helpful In recognition are we reduced to answers rather than uestions We do ourselves as we do gender perpetually over and over
rewriting the self and the understanding of thethe self and the understanding of the We learn to present ourselves in a discourse that denies the language we might want to use to describe who we are how we got here and what we want from this lifeLanguage limits us Structure is dictated by power When we do gender and categorise it using understood norms do the understood norms apply or are they categories differently interpreted by the individual When one does woman as another does woman is the category woman a convenience and understood norm If we do woman differently what is woman This books gifts us with uestions I have a lifetime of uestions I will do myself and overwrite myself as I live and the world lives alongside me Will we reach a point when the multiplicity of genders that are done a multitude an infinity of genders will be admitted into the terms that govern reality Will we develop a new legitimating lexicon for the gender complexity that we have always been living I d heard this was the accessible Butler text which is sorta true but ust remember it s still Butler I think perhaps the reason many people find this to be a engaging text is that Butler s concerns though densely theoretical have immediate real life applications than say in Gender Trouble or Bodies that Matter It seems Butler s become increasingly interested in what it might mean to be an ethical incoherentpost modern ha subject and as such her interests in regulatory regimes of gender sexuality co have shifted to concerns about reconstituting the notion of the human as a way of encountering the other in an ethical way Secondly the book is accessible because the essays included are essentially stand alone essays which isn t entirely different to some other texts Bodies that Matter in particular but that the essays are also fairly distinct from one another So there s a piece on intersexuality one on the heterosexuality in uestion for Butler obvs of kinship systems one concerning representations of incest following in light of recent trauma theory so on and so forth I was most interested I think in Butler s rethinking of the human and what makes for an unlivable life this seems particularly resonant because it navigates the line between theory she s clearly working through Kristeva s idea of the abject as well as her own earlier work on abjection in Bodies that Matter and experience why is it that some people uite literally are regarded even if only implicitly as subhuman As less worthy of rights dignity respect Butler s challenges have direct impact and the comparatively lucid style on display in this text makes it an often emotionally engaging read Many people have uoted Undoing Gender constitutes Judith Butler's recent reflections on gender and sexuality focusing on new kinship psychoanalysis and the incest taboo transgender intersex diagnostic categories social violence and the tasks of social transformation In terms that draw from feminist and ueer theory Butler considers the norm. .
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ARE ALL UNDONE PASSAGE AND I undone passage and I rightfully so If Butler ever had dreams creative stardom they re probably most on display in this text the writing is exciting and sometimes strangely beautifulAlso there s another great Butler oke about her exhaustion with the phallus as well as some great accounts of the self scattered throughout I believe in the last chapter we re offered a picture of Butler as a tweenager as might be expected she s not brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack or swooning over the latest Teen Beat sweethearts but rather is reading Hegel and Spinoza and generallyBeing Everything I Imagined Aeverything I imagined a Butler might be It s a fabulous text if you like Butler grab it If you hate her grab it If you ve yet to check Butler out I tend to agree with many this is a good starting place This one star rating is probably unfair Butler certainly made statements I agreed with and is a widely respected feminist scholar who seems to be very important intellectually But this book was a flaming heap as far as I m concerned In no essay did I ever figure out what she was actually trying to say because she Cannibal Encounters just rambles all over the place saying random things using the biggest words possible and never seems to have a point at all The assertions I did understand seem actively unhelpful like an effort to get everyone to disassociate themselves from their attributes The book is also almost completely devoid of examples Maybe this is typical for psychoanalysis andor philosophy but I am a historian so it calls her whole shtick into uestion for me I don t buy an argument with no evidence and what s I don t UNDERSTAND an argument with no evidence because there s no real world situation to hang it onto no uestion or problem to which she s proposing a solution While I can totally get behind some literary analysis in fact I am a committed advocate for using fiction and pop culture in history and other disciplines an example from a play or a movie DOES NOT COUNT as evidence for the motivations of real people unless you specifically make that link Just because it happened in a play doesn t mean it represents the whole of humanity The whole thingust came off as pretentious The Joan Scott book I read recently was dense The Chatterbugs Manual jargon heavy and challenging but ultimately rewarding because it was written as simply as possible given the subject matter and she chose the specific words she needed Butlerust sounded like she was making stuff up to sound smart but again not actually saying anything Before I read Judith Butler I would have identified myself as a woman But she says I m wrong At the most basic level I m not necessarily a woman Butler sees gender as performance Butler says anatomy has cultural framing It is Performance not an essence Gender is performed without ones being conscious of it Terms that make up ones own gender are outside oneself beyond oneself in a sociality that has no author Anatomy and sex have cultural framing They are not natural not essential not pre cultural You could have fooled meShe says all this in incomprehensible Transformational and Charismatic Leadership jargon I guess that s why she s a philosophy professor Believe it or not her philosophy has caught on in college campuses all across the country Well Iust thought you should know It was news to me On the subject of social norms Butler writes The task of all these movements seems to me to be about distinguishing among the norms and conventions that permit people to breathe to desire to love and to live and those norms and conventions that restrict or eviscerate the conditions of life itself and later she says What is most important is to cease legislating for all lives what is livable only for some and similarly to refrain from prescribing for all lives what is unlivable for some This at least makes sense Constant conflations of sex with gender Annoying lack of citations for assertions made Cruel minimisation of child sexual abuse Abounds in Freudianism bear in mind Freud had no sound reasoning or empirical evidence for his assertions either Wilfully obtuse language writing A woeful piece of scholarship Would be risible if it had not become so culturally influential in such a detrimental way some sloppy opinionsButler asks a lot of uestions but barely ever appears too doubtful Most of the time she isn t interested in providing her answers and opinions which is what I read other people for uestions aren t that hard to find alone A book should provide clearly stated opinions attempts at answers rather than end every chapter with extra issues than before I can t help thinking she doesn t always want the reader to answer her uestions and uses them for the sake of rhetorics that this problem is a stylistic issue she can t help She seems to avoid concrete Fizzics judgements I ve. S that govern and fail to govern gender and sexuality as they relate to the constraints on recognizable personhood The book constitutes a reconsideration of her earlier view on gender performativity from Gender Trouble In this work the critiue of gender norms is clearly situated within the framework of human persiste.