[8] Mar 17 - Butler - Gender and Performativity - SOC395 GENDER AND SEXUALITY Lecture 8 Butler Gender and Performativity Readings o Butler Judith 1993

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SOC395 – GENDER AND SEXUALITY March 17, 2016 Lecture 8: Butler: Gender and Performativity - Readings: o Butler, Judith. 1993. “Imitation and Gender Insubordination”. The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader. o Weir, Allison. 2004. “From The Subversion of Identity to the Subversion of Solidarity: Judith Butler and the Critique of Women’s Identity.” Open Boundaries. Pp.41-50 o Film: FTF: Female to Femme Judith Butler - Identity categories are socially constructed o Problematic for a number of reasons Lump together who are not of the same category (man, women, hetero, homo…) Constrains and controls human potential, social freedom Come in binary terms that has one superior term and one inferior; rests on the opposite/inferior term. Power relations. (man-woman, hetero-homo, white-black) - Lesbians and gays o Oppressive constructs that disciplines o Subjective Internalise the construct and becomes self-regulating - Performativity o Performative interval: Performativity is the repetition of doing the category over

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