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Judith Butler - Gender Trouble

"The masculine/feminine binary constitutes not only the exclusive framework in which that specificity can be recognized but in every other way the "specificity" of the feminine is once again fully decontextualized and separated off analytically and politically from the constitution of class, race, ethnicity, and other axes of power relations that both constitute "identity" and make the singular notion of identity a misnomer." (TF 355)

In this sentence, Judith Butler is pointing out the ways that masculine and feminine are given narrow definitions, so that different ways of being a gender are not seen as fitting in with the categories. In this way, differences in the way that class, race, ableness, etc also shape a person are ignored. Because of the attempt to isolate masculine/feminine from other influences, the definition of the terms is inadequate in describing and including all identities of people. I think this is similar to the early models of oppression, in which sexism was separated from the other -isms; when a more accurate definition would include the intersectionality of the -isms. Likewise, definitions of masculine and feminine should take into account other influences on identity; thus decreasing the specificity of the terms to include other interpretations of gender.