Analysis Of Gender Trouble By Judith Butler

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Judith Butler’s book; Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity explain's everything from sex versus gender to feminist identity. Not only does Butler add on her own beliefs and thoughts but also considering work of another theorist such as Simone de Beauvoir and Luce Irigaray. Judith mainly focuses on Simeone de Beauvoir's novel “The Second Sex” and “Speculum of the Other Woman”. Judith’s Butler’s main question throughout her novel is; “Are we assigned our gender at birth or do we simply perform one based on the values we are taught?”. This paper will break down Butler’s novel and explain how she answers her main question. As well as how she brings performativity, specifically within gender to light. In the second part…show more content…
For Beauvoir in her novel “The Second Sex”, she speaks a lot about men creating an identity for women. She also points out that there is a degree of the way there is a construction of gender. On page nine, Butler states, “the limits of the discursive analysis of gender presuppose and preempt the possibilities of imaginable and realizable gender configurations within culture. This is not to say that all gendered possibilities are open, but that the boundaries of analysis suggest the limits of a discursively conditioned experience. These limits are always set within the terms of a hegemonic cultural discourse predicated on binary structures that appear as the language of universal rationality. Constraint is thus built into what that language constitutes as the imaginable domain of gender.” (pg. 9) With this, Butler basically makes the distinction that gender is a signification. Simone de Beauvoir is famous for her quote “one is not born a woman, but, rather, becomes one.” For Beauvoir, gender is constructed. From her quote, she is saying that a baby can be born a girl, but it is what she is taught and how she is raised will make her feminine. Gender is something you become over time, not something that is given to you, like your sex. In Lue Irigaray “Speculum of the Other Woman”, she takes the stand that women in language are unpresentable.
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