J. L. Austin: Gender-Identity And Perception Of Women

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According to J.L. Austin, all speech is performative. Therefore, the speeches are both performative and performances as displays of verbal artistry. Expounding on Austin’s ideas, Judith Butler claims that gender is an action, something one does. In the first speech, if I assume that the speech is being delivered by a woman about women’s rights, then the speaker’s performance also embodies the performativity of gender. She uses the relevance of her gender-identity to attempt to drive a social movement that may not necessarily redefine her gender, but will certainly change the social status and perception of women in general.
In order for either speech to be effective, they must be presented before an audience. The audience filters and evaluates
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