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Climactic Splashes

“…she stopped paying close attention to his words and when at red lights, examined the rain drops spattering on the windshield so intently that she almost stared right through them. Each drop seemed stuck on the glass, until another drop landed on it and they rolled down the window together, ending in a climactic splash.”

Sara: feminism and more.

Books taught me to how to live. In their pages lived a complex language of emotion that felt absent from my childhood home, where my parents were too busy working and getting by to have what some might call “intellectual discussion.” Whether knowledge was gleaned via one of my grandmother’s romance novels, through Oliver Twist, or an illustrated edition of D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, in reading I adopted a psychological filter, through which I learned to interpret myself, the world, and my place in the world.
  #yes good    #reblogged    #quote    #text    #link    #reading    #lit    #literature    #life    #julia fierro    #judith butler    #nora ephron  

susannathinks:

i checked out this book from the library yesterday and it’s like an anthology of feminist theory and the intro of the book is literally along the lines of “as soon as you start thinking of things from this perspective it will make you question everything and you’ll probably get radicalized and you can never go back”

and it’s like an actual book. like mcgraw hill-type shit. i got it for the hooks and butler and it’s just a good little thing and the intro is basically my life as a feminist summarized

I bolded bits, because YES.

Related: In The Promise of Happiness, Sara Ahmed has a section about being accused of being a feminist killjoy and of seeing racism everywhere, etc. She then way more artfully than I’m about to here makes the point that when you notice the actual bad shit all around you and say something about it because it’s so shitty, of course you sound like a Debbie downer all the time. But it’s not because you’re hallucinating stuff that you somehow just want to see—it’s because there really is tons of awful stuff everywhere. 

Of course it is possible to see problems where there really aren’t any, but I’m talking about the derailing move of gaslighting people who are trying to speak up about oppression by saying that they’re just killjoys who see stuff that isn’t there for the sake of feeling miserable or raising a ruckus, or whatever.

Which is ridiculous given all of the undeniable concrete results of the things being dismissed. One example that stands out to me at the moment is the link between rape jokes and rape (in case it isn’t enough that it’s making light of people’s experiences with violence, probably right in front of a whole bunch of them).

To circle back: how does anyone ever avoid being what I guess is radical (but I think is just extending respect and dignity to all people and constantly sharply analyzing the world)? Especially once they read or talk a little about any of it?

  #reblogged    #text    #personal    #radical    #feminism    #theory    #racism    #sara ahmed    #judith butler    #bell hooks    #link    #rape    #rape culture    #sexual assault    #rape jokes    #sexism    #misogyny    #gif    #gifs  
A norm is not the same as a rule, and it is not the same as a law. A norm operates within social practices as the implicit standard of normalization. Although a norm may be analytically separable from the practices in which it is embedded, it may also prove to be recalcitrant to any effort to decontextualize its operation. Norms may or may not be explicit, and when they operate as the normalizing principle in social practice, they usually remain implicit, difficult to read, discernible most clearly and dramatically in the effects that they produce.
Judith Butler, Undoing Gender p. 41 (via repetition-is-holy)
  #reblogged    #quote    #text    #judith butler    #undoing gender    #gender    #norm    #norms  

Perfection.

Yet again quoting myself explaining Judith Butler in a paper I wrote:

“Judith Butler challenges the assumption that there is anything inherent or obvious about biological sex (‘Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire’ 279). She argues that scientific discourse produces sex, and that it ‘was always already gender’, such that gender produces natural sex by making it the prediscursive ‘neutral surface on which culture acts’ (Butler ‘Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire’ 279-280, original emphasis).” 

(Although this article/chapter appears elsewhere, we read it from “Feminism and Politics”, which is edited by Anne Phillips.) 

To expand on a point made briefly in the last slide: while the wrong body experience is definitely accurate for many trans* people, it is not universal. For some people, the problem isn’t necessarily their body being wrong, but people’s interpretations of it being wrong. And insisting that the root of all trans* experience is the wrong body narrative a) solidifies the sex binary (penis = man, etc.), and b) encourages requiring expensive, possibly extreme, and for some people entirely unnecessary major surgery for their gender to be officially recognized, which is really, REALLY not ok.

  #reblogged    #photo    #photoset    #text    #gender    #sex    #sex binary    #gender binary    #trans*    #transgender    #judith butler    #wrong body    #wrong body narrative  

oldfilmsflicker:

(via Judith Butler Explained with Cats | BINARYTHIS)

Judith Butler is amazing.

That is all.

  #getting to be at a coffee chat with and then attending a lecture by judith butler has been one of the highlights of my life.    #no lie.    #what a badass    #WHAT. A. BADASS.    #reblogged    #photo    #text    #judith butler    #gender    #gender performativity    #performativity    #cats    #link  

i-sauntered-vaguely-downwards:

impostoradult:

sockpuppetdynasty:

boypartridgeinapeartree:

when referring 2 sciency bullshit can we all just start using genitals to categorize things instead of “”“”sex”“”“”“”“”

please, thank

but… I think that’s sort of what sex is, when compared to gender? unless you mean in terms of literal different genitalia/medical discrepancies?

Actually the problem with “sex” is that it conflates a bunch of different bodily features that can occur in multiple combinations. So for example, people with penises can also have uteruses. This is rare, but it does occur. “Sex” conflates

  • external genital formation
  • Internal reproductive formation
  • reproductive viability/capacity
  • hormones
  • chromosomes
  • secondary sex characteristics

The idea that there are only two naturally occurring combinations of these things is inaccurate and actually impedes the ability of doctors to give good medical care. Gender activists have argued that instead of using the broad, crude categories “male”/”female” medical practitioners should ask more specific questions such as “do you menstruate”, “do you have a penis”, etc. 

Sex, as you have been discussing it, is not so much a truth about bodies as it is a fictive, heteronormative body-ideal. The way bodies actually manifest sex is more complex than just M or F, and arguably medicine would be practiced better were it not tied down to these categories.

I also want to mention a couple of other things.

That list of body features, which is a good list, everything on that list with the exception of chromosomes can be altered or changed, accidentally, intentionally or as a result of getting older or something else. Those features are variable throughout an individuals life. They are variable among people as well (people’s hormones levels…. all can be radically different from each other and yet they could still wind up in the same sex classification).

So at which point are these features a valid indicator of ‘sex’? Because there is certainly this feeling that one is always just one ‘sex’ for their entire life, though their gender or gender labels may change (note I say label because there are def. trans* individuals who feel as if they were always their gender the label was just wrong). So if most of those features are able to be altered, are able to be changed, when are those features a valid indication of ‘sex’? Birth? Puberty? What about trans* folks who start their transitions before puberty? Or is sex maybe something that can be just as fluid as gender?

And now, as something that I feel is far, far, FAR more important when discussing actual people and their lives and their identities (the above is all relevant and interesting and good shit to talk about but just not as important as real damn people) is the note that the words we currently use to describe ‘sex’ are the same words we use to describe gender. Male/female…. those are gendered words. And it is invalidating, gross, cissexist and generally fucked up to apply those terms to people and their bodies without their consent. There is no reason at all to attach gendered words to body parts, to hormone types or hormone levels, to chromosomes, to bits our bodies have or things they can do, as broad categories, as a whole (which doesn’t mean people can’t do that individually to their own bits and functions and shit, go hog fucking wild, seriously whatever makes you comfortable or whatever, it’s your body, you can do that) except to maintain a broken as shit, oppressive, unhelpful status quo of body categorization.

My body is not female. It’s not male. My boobs, not female. My elbows, not male. The fact that I menstruate, not a ‘female thing’. And this is all personal, so individual results may vary. Other people’s boobs may totally be female parts. And that’s fine, it’s just that mine aren’t. My genitals, not male genitals, not female genitals. They’re just mine. Sometimes I’ll call them genderfucked parts because hey I can, but my feelings change on this too, I’m allowed.

So ultimately, after a long ramble, the basic point is,listen to the OP, talk about what you fucking mean. If you’re talking about x body part, say that. Don’t use male as a short hand for penis. Not every penis is on a male body or belongs to a male person. Or is found on a body with other ‘male’ things. You’ll be more accurate and you won’t be contributing to cissexism, win for everyone.

- Leon

Here is my serious response presented in a slightly unserious way because of how many times I’ve used this.

Check out how I’m about to quote myself quoting myself quoting myself quoting Judith Butler:

Here’s something relevant that I wrote as part of a final exam paper last semester [Spring 2012], and is a reading of Judith Butler:

“Judith Butler challenges the assumption that there is anything inherent or obvious about biological sex (‘Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire’ 279). She argues that scientific discourse produces sex, and that it ‘was always already gender’, such that gender produces natural sex by making it the prediscursive ‘neutral surface on which culture acts’ (Butler ‘Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire’ 279-280, original emphasis).” 

(Although this article/chapter appears elsewhere, we read it from “Feminism and Politics”, which is edited by Anne Phillips.) 

  #ding ding ding!    #reblogged    #text    #sex    #gender    #cissexism    #trans*    #judith butler    #is a badass.  
susannathinks:

this human, tumblr. fucking brilliant.

Seconded.
My blogged evidence of how amazing she is.
A subset of that: when I got to see her live.

susannathinks:

this human, tumblr. fucking brilliant.

Seconded.

My blogged evidence of how amazing she is.

A subset of that: when I got to see her live.

  #judith butler    #reblogged    #photo    #text    #link    #links    #gender    #sexuality    #theory  

Old Spice Guy + FEMINIST HULK + Judith Butler

Old Spice Guy: "Hello, FEMINIST HULK. I observe that you are using lady-scented body wash."
Feminist Hulk: "HULK FIND LAVENDER FRAGRANCE RELAXING AFTER DAY OF SMASH."
Old Spice Guy: "Wouldn't you like to smell like me?"
Feminist Hulk: "HULK WOULD RATHER SMASH GENDER BINARY OF PERFORMATIVE SHOWERING."
Old Spice Guy: "Your tiny purple shorts hanging on the towel rack now hold tickets to the Sleater-Kinney reunion concert. And diamonds."
Feminist Hulk: "HULK ENJOY CORIN TUCKER'S REJECTION OF TRADITIONAL GENDER ROLES AND CONSUMERISM. BUT DIAMONDS MAKE HULK WANT TO SMASH HEGEMONY OF POST-COLONIAL OPPRESSION. ALSO, STILL PREFER TO SMELL LIKE FIELD OF FLOWERS."
Old Spice Guy: "You puzzle me, Feminist Hulk. Your wish to use lady-scented body wash, even whilst smelling the intoxicating scent of my Old Spice, is unparalleled in my experience. "
Judith Butler: "Feminist Hulk makes a good critique, Old Spice Man. Your discourse is being circumscribed by a learned sex/gender distinction. Please pass me the loofah."
Old Spice Guy: "Hello, Judith Butler. Allow me to scrub your back. So you and Feminist Hulk are saying that my devotion to Old Spice body wash might be part of a larger regulative discourse to maintain an essential ontological gender?"
Judith Butler: "That's correct, Old Spice Man."
Feminist Hulk: "HULK SMASH EPISTEMOLOGICAL FRAMEWORKS, WHILE SMELLING LIKE SPRING GARDEN."
Old Spice Guy: "I understand. Allow me to bake you a cake, Feminist Hulk and Judith Butler, while we discuss intersectionality and the beauty of giant green muscles."
Judith Butler: "Congratulations on making a break with compulsory heterosexuality, Old Spice Man."
Femist Hulk: "HULK IS VERY HAPPY TO SHARE TEARS OF JOY AND ORGANIC WHOLE WHEAT PASTRY FLOUR WITH OLD SPICE MAN AND JUDITH BUTLER."
Old Spice Guy: "I'm on a unicorn."
  #HULK SMASH EPISTEMOLOGICAL FRAMEWORKS WHILE SMELLING LIKE SPRING GARDEN. --I DIE!    #reblogged    #chat    #text    #sexuality    #gender    #judith butler    #hulk    #feminist hulk    #old spice    #old spice guy    #intersectionality    #GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES NERDGASM OVER HERE!  

pancakefox:

kinseysixbitch:

julianmorrison:

shameandcupcakes:

Penis is a male organ. Learn biology. Male and female are biological realities.

You can call yourself a “woman” but you cannot call yourself “female” if you have normally functioning XY chromosomes.

Penis is not a female organ.

Male and female relate to gametes only. Male and female are defined on gametes if a species has two kinds, and one is smaller. The smaller one is male. Thus ends the biological definition of male and female.

Chromosomes and stuff are how evolution builds a body to hold male or female gametes in the context of human sexual dimorphism. Different species do chromosomes differently, or use something else like how warm the egg is. Gametes are fundamental, X/Y chromosomes are just mechanism. Different species don’t necessarily have only one kind of male-plan body or female-plan body.

Evolution doesn’t exactly build a body as “male” or “female” either. There’s a lot of slippage in the process that constructs male-plan and female-plan bodies, and that’s clearly “deliberate” (evolution could tighten up the error checking, but has chosen not to). Complicated genders and complicated bodies seem to be an evolutionary advantage, in small numbers, such that there are enough cis straight people left over to breed.

Now you have learned some biology. Time to learn some sociology.

Privileging the biology as an explanatory excuse is something our society does to create castes called “sexes”, that relate only in the crudest way to biological reality. Defining two-and-only-two sexes is something our society does because they are castes, not because they relate in any reliable way to having large or small gametes, or the ability to carry or fertilize a pregnancy.

Penis is defined as a “male” organ because facing the biological reality that not everyone constructed with a penis has a male-plan brain would break the caste system.

When you define it as a “male” organ, you re reinforcing these patriarchal castes.

Now you have learned some sociology.

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Check out how I’m about to quote myself quoting myself quoting Judith Butler:

Here’s something relevant that I wrote as part of a final exam paper last semester, and is a reading of Judith Butler:

"Judith Butler challenges the assumption that there is anything inherent or obvious about biological sex (‘Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire’ 279). She argues that scientific discourse produces sex, and that it ‘was always already gender’, such that gender produces natural sex by making it the prediscursive ‘neutral surface on which culture acts’ (Butler ‘Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire’ 279-280, original emphasis).” 

(Although this article/chapter appears elsewhere, we read it from “Feminism and Politics”, which is edited by Anne Phillips.) 

  #issues    #gender    #sex    #gender identity    #reblogged    #lgbt    #lgbtq    #text    #quote    #judith butler    #butler    #jomarch    #METAQUOTATION LAUNCHED!  

Sex is no more an immutable binary than is gender. There are intersex people who are born with non-binary genitalia, as I have already mentioned. There are people with hormonal anomalies. In fact, hormone levels vary wildly within the categories of cis male and cis female. Chromosomes, too, vary. If you thought “XX” and “XY” were the only two possible combinations, you have some serious googling to do. In addition to variations like XXY, XXYY, or X, sometimes cis people find out that they are genetically the “opposite” of what they though they were– that is, a ‘typical’ cis man can be XX, a ‘normal’ cis woman can be XY.



The fact is that the concept of binary sex is based on the fallacious idea that multiple sex characteristics are immutable and must always go together, when in fact many of them can be changed, many erased, and many appear independently in different combinations. “Female” in sex binary terms means having breasts, having a vagina, having a womb, not having a lot of body hair, having a high-pitched voice, having lots of estrogen, having a period, having XX chromosomes. “Male” means having a penis, not having breasts, producing sperm, having body hair, having a deep voice, having lots of testosterone, having XY chromosomes. Yet it is possible to isolate, alter, and remove many of these traits. Many of these traits do not always appear together, and before puberty and after menopause, many of them do not apply.

Asher Bauer (via inherhipstheresrevolutions)

Here’s something relevant that I wrote as part of a final exam paper last semester, and is a reading of Judith Butler:

"Judith Butler challenges the assumption that there is anything inherent or obvious about biological sex (‘Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire’ 279). She argues that scientific discourse produces sex, and that it ‘was always already gender’, such that gender produces natural sex by making it the prediscursive ‘neutral sruface on which culture acts’ (Butler ‘Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire’ 279-280, original emphasis).” 

(Although this article/chapter appears elsewhere, we read it from “Feminism and Politics”, which is edited by Anne Phillips.) 

  #issues    #sex    #gender    #cissexism    #sexism    #intersex    #reblogged    #quote    #text    #asher bauer    #judith butler    #personal    #biological sex  

…and that’s a wrap!

Thanks for putting up with my flood of Judith Butler posts.  I’m kind of a fan. :)

  #not reblogged    #text    #personal    #judith butler    #spam    #tumblr  

A list of general notes from Judith Butler’s 11/14/11 Flexner lecture that seem important to me.

These notes are not verbatim, but rather, are the best, sometimes paraphrased, notes that I could take and still keep up with the lecture.

Below the cut.

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  #not reblogged    #quote    #text    #judith butler    #flexner    #bryn mawr    #bryn mawr college    #bodies    #alliance    #politics    #philosophy    #gender    #gender theory    #theory    #notes  
There can be no embodied life without social and institutional support.
Judith Butler, in a lecture called, “Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of the Street”, part of The Mary Flexner Lectures at Bryn Mawr College (as close to a verbatim direct quote as I could get—my apologies if I got something wrong)
  #not reblogged    #text    #quote    #judith butler    #flexner    #bryn mawr    #bryn mawr college    #bodies    #alliance    #politics    #philosophy    #gender    #gender theory    #theory    #embodiment    #life    #social    #society    #institutions    #institutional    #support  
When the body speaks politically, it’s not always through spoken or vocal language.
Judith Butler, in a lecture called, “Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of the Street”, part of The Mary Flexner Lectures at Bryn Mawr College (as close to a verbatim direct quote as I could get—my apologies if I got something wrong)
  #not reblogged    #text    #quote    #judith butler    #flexner    #bryn mawr    #bryn mawr college    #bodies    #alliance    #politics    #philosophy    #theory    #gender    #gender theory    #body    #speech acts    #speech    #language  
To be deprived of the space of appearance is to be deprived of reality.
Judith Butler, in a lecture called, “Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of the Street”, part of The Mary Flexner Lectures at Bryn Mawr College (as close to a verbatim direct quote as I could get—my apologies if I got something wrong)
  #not reblogged    #text    #quote    #judith butler    #flexner    #bryn mawr    #bryn mawr college    #bodies    #alliance    #politics    #gender    #gender theory    #theory    #philosophy    #space    #appearance    #reality    #disenfranchisement