On The Discursive Limit Of Sex By Judith Butler

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It is strange for me to think about a world where women are looked down upon for having ideas and a voice. If I want to become a writer, most people in our modern time would not think twice about it. Now, I say most people. There are always exceptions. I cannot imagine living in a time where I would be ridiculed because of something that I have written down on paper. Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen wanted to speak out for women’s education and rights. In the face of repercussion, they did just that. Through a simple understanding of Judith Butler’s Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limit of “Sex”, we will be able to have a better understanding of these three authors.
Judith Butler can be very intimidating for an everyday reader. There are many points that she conveys that are excellent ones. The biggest one that I take away is the issue of what society thinks a male and a female should play. A male is supposed to be masculine, showing no emotion. He is the head of the household and makes all of the decisions. If he was not happy with his wife, there was no issue with him going to seek pleasure elsewhere. He is not to be questioned by his wife or children. What is says is final. From birth, males are raised like this. He is taught that he is to show no emotion. Emotion is weakness to the rest of the
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Growing up, she witnessed firsthand the roles between a man and woman. Growing up, her childhood was not a happy one. She had an alcoholic father that would be brutal toward her docile obedient mother. At the age of nineteen, Wollstonecraft escaped her unhappy life. To support herself, she seeked work as either a lady’s companion or a household governess. Later on, she would become a translator, and then finally a writer. Shortly before she died, Wollstonecraft married he novelist and philosopher William Godwin. She gave birth to another brilliant female writer, Mary
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