unpacking judith butler
"The feminist "we" is always and only a phantasmatic construction, one that has its purposes, but which denies the internal complexity and indeterminacy of the term and constitutes itself only through the exclusion of some part of the constituency that it simultaneously seeks to represent" (TF 357)
I think that Butler is trying to make a point that there is an assumed population that "feminism" is attempting represent. The problem is that this population is not completely homogeneous and therefore when "feminism" tries to lump them all together, its inevitable that there will be people who are not being accurately represented.
I appreciate that Butler acknowledges that at times, this it serves it purpose well, but it also poses a problem that must be addressed.