Calling all identity-fighters! There’s out a beautiful interview with Judith Butler about Gender Performance. It deeply stroke me as true this particular bit:
We form ourselves within the vocabularies that we did not choose, and sometimes we have to reject those vocabularies, or actively develop new ones. For instance, gender assignment is a “construction” and yet many genderqueer and trans people refuse those assignments in part or in full. That refusal opens the way for a more radical form of self-determination, one that happens in solidarity with others who are undergoing a similar struggle.
How can we strugglers for identity form or create a language anew to convey our true self? It is not an easy task, but living day by day and refusing to be categorized is just the beginning of a sea of opportunities.
I never did like the assertion of the “innate” inferiority or women or Blacks, and I understood that when people tried to talk that way, they were trying to “fix” a social reality into a natural necessity. And yet, sometimes we do need a language that refers to a basic, fundamental, enduring, and necessary dimension of who we are, and the sense of sexed embodiment can be precisely that.
This is the link to the whole interview plus a video Q&A: