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WMNST227/ENG027, Week 2 Notes

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WMNST227/ENG027, Week 2 Notes WMNST227/ENG027

Bria Williams
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These notes cover discussions over Judith Butler, gender/sex and heteronormativity. We also distinguished between a humanist perspective and a queer, non-humanist perspective.
Introduction to Sexuality and Culture
Claire Colebrook
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queer, english, Judith Butler, Gender, sex
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Bria Williams on Thursday January 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to WMNST227/ENG027 at Pennsylvania State University taught by Claire Colebrook in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 22 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Sexuality and Culture in Women and Gender studies at Pennsylvania State University.

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Date Created: 01/14/16
WMNST227/ENG027: Introduction to Culture & Sexuality Week 2: Sex & Gender January 19, 2016 Tuesday’s class notes: Concepts from reading Gender Trouble by Butler: 1. The category of woman is unstable 2. Identity >people don’t act a certain way because they are male/female/etc; by acting in these ways, they bring these identities into being 3. Heteronormativity 4. Sex/gender 5. Performativity > there is no intrinsic gender; we perform the identities of either male or female; we all become our gender through socialization; very similar to heteronormativity Butler uses a term “mimesis” which is to say language/film/or any other type of representation is good if it copies reality. Real life example: Every villain in a movie is either queer or ethnic. The argument is culture repeats the same identities over and over again, and we all copy them, in some way. Speech is a form of action, which is a 20th century term by Foucault. A performative in doing brings something into being. - Performativity can be anywhere between declaring someone guilty in court or a couple officially married. - The argument is in acting or doing, one brings gender/race/sexuality into being. Separating sex from gender is masculinist - Separation of body & mind - Nature: emotion, women, sex - Culture: reason, men, gender Repetition of these oppositions reinforces binaries Unity of all women is a masculinist way of thinking January 21, 2016 Thursday’s class notes: PS: Light note day, mostly just discussion A Display of Mackerel by Dotty - This is a poem about appearance - Individuality does not exist; however, when we are separated from groups, we have a self - Something only shines if its differences are the commonality - Analyzed through two perspectives: humanist & non-humanist queer - The more variety within a group, the more you will recognize the group as what it is


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