By Judith Butler
Undoing Gender constitutes Judith Butler's fresh reflections on gender and sexuality, targeting new kinship, psychoanalysis and the incest taboo, transgender, intersex, diagnostic different types, social violence, and the initiatives of social transformation. In phrases that draw from feminist and queer thought, Butler considers the norms that govern--and fail to govern--gender and sexuality as they relate to the restrictions on recognizable personhood. The ebook constitutes a reconsideration of her past view on gender performativity from Gender difficulty. during this paintings, the critique of gender norms is obviously located in the framework of human patience and survival. And to "do" one's gender in yes methods occasionally implies "undoing" dominant notions of personhood. She writes concerning the "New Gender Politics" that has emerged lately, a mixture of activities occupied with transgender, transsexuality, intersex, and their advanced family members to feminist and queer thought.
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4 What this means is that one looks both for the conditions by which the object field is constituted, and for the limits of those conditions. The limits are to be found where the reproducibility of the conditions is not secure, the site where conditions are contingent, transformable. ”5 To intervene in the name of transformation means precisely to disrupt what has become settled knowledge and knowable reality, and to use, as it were, one’s unreality to make an otherwise impossible or illegible claim.
It means we must be open to its permutations, in the name of nonviolence. ”8 The violent response is the one that does not ask, and does not seek to know. It wants to shore up what it knows, to expunge what threatens it with not-knowing, what forces it to reconsider the presuppositions of its world, their contingency, their malleability. The nonviolent response lives with its unknowingness about the Other in the face of the Other, since sustaining the bond that the question opens is finally more valuable than knowing in advance what holds us in common, as if we already have all the resources we need to know what defines the human, what its future life might be.
In a way, we all live with this particular vulnerability, a vulnerability to the other that is part of bodily life, but this vulnerability becomes highly exacerbated under certain social and political conditions. Although the dominant mode in the United States has been to shore up sovereignty and security to minimize or, indeed, foreclose this vulnerability, it can serve another function and another ideal. qxd 6/25/04 12:51 PM Page 23 Beside Oneself: On the Limits of Sexual Autonomy 23 attend to, even abide by, as we begin to think about what politics might be implied by staying with the thought of corporeal vulnerability itself.