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Butler sentence

On page 354, Judith Butler states:
"Apart from the foundationalist fictions that support the notion of the subject, however, there is the political problem that feminism encounters in the assumption that the term 'women' denotes a common identity. Rather than a stable signifier that commands the assent of those whom it purports to describe and represent, women, even in the plural, has become a troublesome term a site of contest, a cause for anxiety."

I believe Butler is making a very astute point in this sentence. In questioning who is the 'subject' of feminism, she points out that simply labeling women as the subject is inherently flawed. The term ‘women’ is nonspecific. It does not account for the multiple avenues of oppression that intersectionally combine to produce hybrid subjects. The avenues such as class, race, sexuality, and ethnicity are separate from gender. Using the term ‘women’ for the subject of feminism creates this picture of a homogenous uniform feminist woman. But in fact, as I believe Butler saying, there are many different shapes and forms of subjects in feminism, and the so called common identity that is created by the term ‘women’ presents a serious problem and truly does cause anxiety.

This is significant because in order to fix something, or come up with a solution to a problem, the 1st step is CORRECTLY identifying the problem. In this case, we need to take great care when drawing the main ‘subject’ of feminism in order to help the effectiveness of the movement.