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Judith Butler

“The foundationalist reasoning of identity politics tends to assume that an identity must first be in place in order for political interest to be elaborated and, subsequently, political action must be taken. My argument is that there need not be a “doer behind the deed,? but that the “doer? is variably constructed in and through the deed.? pg 357

What Butler is trying to say here is that there is no essential essence that each of us has that constitute who we are or defines us. Rather, gender and sex are placed upon us or the “deed? is place on the “doer?. In more simple terms, gender and sex are enscribed on us rather than it being within us.