“Gender Performance: The TransAdvocate Interviews Judith Butler”

One choice quotation:

What is much more important than any of these behaviorist or “moral” approaches are all the stories, poems, and testimonies, the theoretical and political works, that document the struggle to achieve embodied self-determination for individuals and for groups. What we need are poems that interrogate the world of pronouns, open up possibilities of language and life; forms of politics that support and encourage self-affirmation. And what we need is a political and joyous alternative to the behaviorist discourse, the Christian discourse on evil or sin, and the convergence of the two in forms of gender policing that tyrannical and destructive.

Find the full interview along with a short video clip at The TransAdvocate. Butler clarifies her conception of “gender perfomativity” and addresses other issues and criticisms of her work.

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