Judith Butler: Undoing Gender

Anyone who has read Judy Butler has had to contend with philosophical mind benders of astonishing brilliance and tortured diction such as What happen Her discussion of what it means to be human and socially intelligible made me crySpecifically To be called a copy to be called unreal is thus one way in which one can be oppressed But consider that it is fundamental than that For to be oppressed means that you already exist as a subject of some kind But to be unreal is something else again For to be oppressed one must first become intelligible To find that one is fundamentally unintelligible is to find that one has not yet achieved access to the human 218Similarly I appreciated her thoughts on the nature of philosophy in the last essay Can the Other of Philosophy Speak This is another philosophy book on the same lines of the Michel Foucault we just read for class as well And once again what she is saying is very important but most of what is said is unattainable by the average reader After discussing the concepts in class I would have iven this book five stars but I think that if someone picked up this book without that avenue for discussion much of the main concepts and theories would be lostI think that most of the book was not to The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, get the reader to subscribe to a certain moral or ideal but toet the reader to think in a way that they have not before example legalization of Night And Day gay marriage may work as a legitimization of those relationships but in the end could ostracize other members of the community who were never looking for that type of legitimacy the real answer maybe something other then marriage for everyone no matter your sexual preference rather then defining something newly legitimized by something already considered a recognized norm maybe we need to look at the language we currently have I believe that in the end she is trying to open up new conversation to address old argumentsBut if you chose to pick it up please try chapters 3 and 4 They are very worth the work 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 judgements I ve just read her book and I know what uestions she asks herself what books she reads and what films she watches but what does Judith Butler think I wasn t particularly interested in the parts dealing with psychoanalysis or her accounts of transgendered people something I think she could have said much interesting things on I loved the fragments on norms probably because I hadn t read much about the subject before After reading Undoing Gender I d like to know about Butler s ideas on being human something I ve never thought about the way she has I wish she elaborated on the subject providing some ethical orenerally philosophical background I thought there d be about how Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow gender affects one as a person in the social sphere Perhaps I ll find it in a different text of hers Some of her points seem obvious and she s willing too over and over them in simple language At other times she comes out with long and complicated sentences or vague references the reader is expected to understand and I really don t know who this book is aimed at I don t think she does herself Some things I find simple fillers and others in chapter 2 I don t understand on the first read. Undoing Gender constitutes Judith Butler's recent reflections on ender 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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Ng just came off as pretentious The Joan Scott book I read recently was dense jargon heavy and challenging but ultimately rewarding because it was written as simply as possible iven the subject matter and she chose the specific words she needed Butler just sounded like she was making stuff up to sound smart but again not actually saying anything I d heard this was the accessible Butler text which is sorta true but just 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 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 Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys gratuitous when the challenge is in the service of calling taken forranted truths into uestion when the taken for Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, 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 spaceender 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 Life Changing Smiles 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 doender perpetually over and over rewriting the self and the understanding of the self We learn to present ourselves in a discourse that denies the language we might want to use to describe who we are how we ot here and what we want from this lifeLanguage limits us Structure is dictated by power When we do ender 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 Only a Whisper 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 ofenders that are done a multitude an infinity of Copper Lake Secrets genders will be admitted into the terms thatovern reality Will we develop a new legitimating lexicon for the Brooklyn's Song gender complexity that we have always been living I don t agree with everything that the author presents in this book but it is interesting and veryood nonetheles. Nce and survival And to do one's ender in certain ways sometimes implies undoing dominant notions of personhood She writes about the New Gender Politics that has emerged in recent years a combination of movements concerned with transgender transsexuality intersex and their complex relations to feminist and ueer theo.

Ing The chapters are too autonomical in the uestions they want and often don t want answered their language their references I know varied ways of looking at subjects are often the best but here it was a little ill fitting Every chapter is for someone else and the last one came out of the blue It was interesting but I don t think it needed to be there If she said anything about why she thinks the problems she deals with are philosophically valid there d be a point in talking about the two philosophies I think these problems with unifying make the book hard to be enjoyable to anyone in full I will be returning to Butler but I m certainly critical of her method of writing and of which subjects she chooses to elaborate on Constant conflations of sex with ender 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 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 Plain Jane The Hotshot 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 ownender 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 jargon I Family of Her Dreams 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 I just 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 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 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 toet 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 Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed 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 thi. S thatovern and fail to Girls Night Out governender and sexuality as they relate to the constraints on recognizable personhood The book constitutes a reconsideration of her earlier view on Bound To Ransom (Bound Series Book 2) gender performativity from Gender Trouble In this work the critiue ofender norms is clearly situated within the framework of human persiste.

Judith Butler is an American post structuralist and feminist philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminism ueer theory political philosophy and ethics She is currently a professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California BerkeleyButler received her PhD in philosophy from Yale University in 1984 for a dissertation subseuently publi