a cynicism has been writing itself
into my skin
and i am sick to death of it
[lena, they/them/their pronouns]
i honestly cannot believe how much happened this weekend
tfw mlms call theirs a “revolutionary science”
i want Laverne Cox to give me a haircut
i got a trim n kind of a diff look
news flash: if a trans woman likes her facial hair shes allowed to keep it. she doesnt have to conform to the standards society sets out of her. u can keep ur damn mouth shut
For real though, Foucaults inversion of body and soul, wherein the soul does not reside as an internal truth that has been embodied but rather is a product of power that is imposed onto a body and literally becomes a prison that frames the body is so important. The implications of this idea are what eventually allowed Butler to develop the theory of gender performativity, and I often feel like more basic attempts at understanding performativity tend to ignore this. Butler’s claim is not simply that we have free agency in performing gender, but rather than gender is performative because its created by power and by scientific sex discourse. These discourses are imposed onto the body, and are quite literally claimed to be part of the soul. Gender wants to be seen as internal to the body, when it in fact exists outside the body, always as a lens through which the body is read. The performance comes through the ways we live within that lens, the small rituals of gender we engage in daily such as dress, affect and even body motions. All these do not flow from the body, they are pushed onto it in a cycle of self reinforcement.
In case y’all weren’t sick of us yet
remember that time jk rowling wrote that huge blog post that was quoted and shared for miles and miles and years about whether fat was truly the worst thing you could call a person, as if she didn’t make almost every fat person in her books evil or disgusting or otherwise unlikeable
Gender isn’t based on sex, sex is based on gender.
That’s weird. I literally made a note to myself while doing homework that “Gender is the social reproduction of biological difference.” So, maybe I have it backwards: “Sex is the biological reproduction of social difference.”
Bodies do not carry meaning or value in themselves. Sex is gender read onto bodies. Sex is an aspect of gender, a way of inscribing gender—a hierarchal social system—into our very flesh and of reifying gender via the rhetoric of essential, “natural” difference.