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Judith Butler "Gender Trouble"

"The identity of the feminist subject ought not to be the foundation of feminist politics, if the formation of the subject takes place within a field of power regularly buried through the assertion of that foundation" (356).


To me, this is Judith Butler’s main argument in this reading. In the reading “Gender Trouble,? Butler shows that feminism isn’t just about women. She points out the difficulties of only having two “true? genders in society. It doesn’t matter what gender, race or ethnicity the subject of the power struggle is. Butler describes that a feminist subject could hurt the efforts of feminist politics because there will be problems from our society’s system of power and will ultimately backfire on what real feminist politics are trying to achieve.