Judith Butler Quotes
It’s my view that gender is culturally formed, but it’s also a domain of agency or freedom and that it is most important to resist the violence that is imposed by ideal gender norms, especially against those who are gender different, who are nonconforming in their gender presentation.
Freedom, Against, Violence
There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender… identity is performatively constituted by the very ‘expressions’ that are said to be its results.
Said, Behind, Results
To say that gender is performative is a little different because for something to be performative means that it produces a series of effects. We act and walk and speak and talk in ways that consolidate an impression of being a man or being a woman.
Woman, Means, Talk
There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.
Original, Imitation, Gender
We act as if that being of a man or that being of a woman is actually an internal reality or something that is simply true about us, a fact about us, but actually it’s a phenomenon that is being produced all the time and reproduced all the time, so to say gender is performative is to say that nobody really is a gender from the start.
Time, True, Woman
There is a new venue for theory, necessarily impure, where it emerges in and as the very event of cultural translation. This is not the displacement of theory by historicism, nor a simple historicization of theory that exposes the contingent limits of its more generalizable claims.
Simple, Nor, Theory
I would say that I’m a feminist theorist before I’m a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist.
Gay, Lesbian, Feminist
I am much more open about categories of gender, and my feminism has been about women’s safety from violence, increased literacy, decreased poverty and more equality.
Women, Equality, Poverty
Sexual harassment law is very important. But I think it would be a mistake if the sexual harassment law movement is the only way in which feminism is known in the media.
Law, Known, Mistake
The point is not to stay marginal, but to participate in whatever network of marginal zones is spawned from other disciplinary centers and which, together, constitute a multiple displacement of those authorities.
Together, Whatever, Point
You only trust those who are absolutely like yourself, those who have signed a pledge of allegiance to this particular identity.
Trust, Yourself, Absolutely
I think that every sexual position is fundamentally comic.
Position, Sexual, Comic
It seems, though, that historically we have now reached a position in which Jews cannot legitimately be understood always and only as presumptive victims.
Cannot, Though, Seems
Race and class are rendered distinct analytically only to produce the realization that the analysis of the one cannot proceed without the other. A different dynamic it seems to me is at work in the critique of new sexuality studies.
Work, Cannot, Seems
I don’t think we have to have a personal relation to a life lost to understand that something terrible has taken place, especially in the context of war.
Life, War, Understand
Life has to be protected. It is precarious. I would even go so far as to say that precarious life is, in a way, a Jewish value for me.
Life, Far, Value
When one set of Jews labels another set of Jews ‘anti-Semitic,’ they are trying to monopolize the right to speak in the name of the Jews. So the allegation of anti-Semitism is actually a cover for an intra-Jewish quarrel.
Another, Trying, Actually