American philosopher and gender theorist Judith Butler discusses a personal story and the basic idea of gender as performance. She also briefly brings up the idea of gender policing, the blank slate of gender, and other related notions. A great, short intro by an iconic figure.
- What does she mean by gender is performed or a role we play?
- How is gender different than sex?
- Do you think we have a gender “from the start”? How much does nature and nurture play affect our genders?
- What is society’s expectation about being a “man” or being a “woman”? How is this expectation “policed”? How can we fight unjust policing?
Keywords: gender, sex, cis, society, norms, social, performance, feminism, queer