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Why is the idea of 'gender' provoking backlash the world over? Judith Butler


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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2021/oct/23/judith-butler-gender-ideology-backlash

 

This is a kinda long read, but might be worth it.

 

"To ask questions about gender, that is, how society is organized according to gender, and with what consequences for understanding bodies, lived experience, intimate association, and pleasure, is to engage in a form of open inquiry and investigation, opposing the dogmatic social positions that seek to stop and reverse emancipatory change. And yet, “gender studies” is opposed as “dogma” by those who understand themselves on the side of “critique”."

 

"Anti-gender movements are not just reactionary but fascist trends, the kind that support increasingly authoritarian governments. The inconsistency of their arguments and their equal opportunity approach to rhetorical strategies of the left and right, produce a confusing discourse for some, a compelling one for others. But they are typical of fascist movements that twist rationality to suit hyper-nationalist aims."

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People are not supposed to ask, "Who am I, really, beyond these inherited programs and social conditioning? What really makes me happy besides the assumptions given me?

Or, who actually is the author of my own life? 

These are questions rarely asked because of the twofold synergy of the outer influence of social power structures to maintain the status quo, coupled with the experience of internal psychic discomfort associated with challenging one's own assumptions of reality.

 

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On 10/24/2021 at 10:54 AM, Jandi said:

"Anti-gender movements are not just reactionary but fascist trends, the kind that support increasingly authoritarian governments. The inconsistency of their arguments and their equal opportunity approach to rhetorical strategies of the left and right, produce a confusing discourse for some, a compelling one for others. But they are typical of fascist movements that twist rationality to suit hyper-nationalist aims."

I don’t think it helps anyone when accusations of fascism are thrown around, especially when the side usually throwing them around is responsible for shutting down entire states/countries, destroying people’s livelihoods, telling them what to think and say, and expecting them to be happy about it.

 

People always push back when their freedoms are threatened. Well, some do. Others just swallow what the government is telling them hook, line, and sinker. 
 

Gender issues, like many other things, seem to work on a pendulum. When it swings one way, we’re afraid to walk around night. When it swings the other way, teachers get fired for accidentally saying the wrong pronoun.

 

There is no catch-all answer either way. You cannot force people to like us, or even tolerate us. You can’t force people to be comfortable around us. Yet some folks in our community are trying to do exactly that. And it breeds pushback.

 

A little old lady sees a big, burly biker with a bald head, goatee, tattoos up and torn his arm, and she clutches her purse. No law you could pass will make her not do that.

 

The same can be said in a great many other different scenarios. You cannot order, mandate, or legislate how people feel.

 

When certain folks in our community make it to where cis women feel they’re being erased, there’s bound to be pushback.

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