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Judith Butler

"Gender ought not to be conceived merely as the cultural inscription of meaning on a pregiven sex ( a juridical conception); gender must also designate the very appartatus of production whereby the sexes themselves are established." (357)

I think Judith Butler is implying here that gender is not only the cultural meaning that is given to a sexed body but is also the apparatus in which sex itself is created. I think she is saying that the idea of sex is created by the ideas of gender while then turning around to use sex to gender that sexed body.