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February 08, 2005

gender as a performance

Judith Butler, Exerpt from Gender Trouble, pp. 121:

" Gender is, thus, a construction that regularly conceals its genesis; the tacit collective agreement to perform, proudce and sustain discrete and polar genders as cultural fictions is obscured by the credibility of those productions…"

"collective agreement to perform" .. its funny how cultural practices arrive and are unquestionably acted out. Reminded me of that HSBC advert – the way certain things are rude in certain cultures.. where do these notions come from??

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