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El género en disputa: El feminismo y la subversión de la identidad

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Judith Butler es una de las feministas de referencia en el panorama filosófico actual y El género en disputa es un texto indispensable para el movimiento feminista. El género en disputa, obra fundadora de la llamada teoría queer y emblema de los estudios de género como se conocen hoy en día, es un volumen indispensable para comprender la teoría feminista actual: constituye ...more
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Published June 1st 2007 by Paidos Iberica Ediciones S a (first published 1989)
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Warwick
Mar 12, 2015 Warwick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gender-stuff, ebooks

Some very interesting ideas here imprisoned in a lot of opaque, tortuous sentences. Postmodern ‘academese’ remains the only major European language that I am completely incapable of understanding. I am also sick to death of seeing intelligent friends, both here and in real life, make apologetic comments about how they weren't quite up to the task of fully engaging with texts like this – as if it were their fault!

You know what? If a series of highly educated, intelligent and well-read adults do n
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Trevor
Dec 17, 2013 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-theory
You know, the problem with troubling gender is that gender isn’t the only thing that is going to be troubled. When I was doing my first degree my lecturer in the editing subject said that you should pay attention to the things people generally skip over in books – the titles of chapters for one, but much more importantly, epigraphs. The example he gave was Watership Down, which he claimed that if you read all of at the start of each of the chapters and said rabbits a couple of times you could pl ...more
Lit Bug
This was a woefully dense text, meant primarily for those who have read enough feminism to have at least a basic idea of the major concepts of feminist theory as well a basic idea of the theorists from whom Butler draws her arguments. I was aware of what Foucault, Beauvoir, Lacan, Freud and Levi-Strauss stood for, could never get into Kristeva, and had read little or nothing of Wittig, Reviere, Cixous and Mary Douglas. On that account, this seemed to be a quite difficult text, but I suppose some ...more
peiman-mir5 rezakhani

دوستانِ خردگرا، در موردِ این کتاب باید بگم که بسیار بسیار سخت و پیچیدس.. برایِ مطالعۀ این کتاب، بدونِ تردید باید آگاهی از اصطلاحات سیاسی و ادبیاتِ حزبی و بخصوص استدلال هایِ رایجِ آکادمیکیِ فمینیستی داشته باشید... به هرحال برایِ فهمِ فمینیسم در سطحِ بسیار بالا، کتابِ خوبی بود
امیدوارم روزی برسه که در سرزمینِ با ارزشِ ایران، همانندِ ایرانیانِ قبل از تجاوز و حملۀ عرب هایِ حرام زاده، ساکنینِ این مرز و بوم برایِ جنسِ لطیف و ظریفِ « زن » ارزش قائل بشن و از روش هایِ دینی و مذهبی و عرب پرستانِ بی ارزش، د
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Hadrian
Still no real review yet, but in my research for this I found 'Judith Butler Explained with Cats', an instructive Socratic dialogue on Butler's idea of gender as a performance.

http://i.imgur.com/XNAnCGd
http://i.imgur.com/BSjMNmP
(Source is binarythis.wordpress.com)

Look at this. It lays out the idea very clearly and it has cat pictures. How am I going to compete with this.
Garrison
Jan 29, 2015 Garrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling new vocabulary with which to alienate friends and offend family
Craig Werner
Aug 04, 2012 Craig Werner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-lit
Badly written and destructive in its impact on academic discourse. Butler is a darling of the theory crowd, one of the required citations. I found nothing in it that went beyond the standard cliches concerning the inadequacy of essentialist definitions. That wouldn't earn it the one star; what does is Butler's centrality to the infinite regression school of literary/cultural theory. By the time Butler's acolytes--apparently oblivious to the fact that every third sentence is borderline ungrammati ...more
Zanna
I mark this book read somewhat disingenuously, since it was so far over my head much of the time I was merely skimming it inattentively. However, there were moments when even I experienced a feeling of awesome revelation

The mark of gender appears to qualify bodies as human bodies; the moment at which an infant becomes humanised is when the question 'is it a boy or a girl?' is answered...

Strategies of exclusion and hierarchy are shown to persist in the formulation of the sex/gender distinction an
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David Michael
Aug 30, 2007 David Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All of us
Shelves: favorites
True, it is a bit dated today, and I would distance myself from her strong emphasis on psychoanalysis and performativity, but it was a radical turning point in my life, and is close to perfect as a theory text.
Its impact on contemporary feminism and critical practices can not be underestimated. This book will always be close to my heart.
Charlie
Dec 12, 2014 Charlie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-etc, non-fiction
This book is gross and so is Judith Butler. I'm getting tired of wealthy cis women writing books about 'gender'. Her understanding of gender is very binarist and cissexist, not queering anything, instead creepily fixating on genitals and penis-hate and familial sexual violence (her main reference point throughout the book).

She mentions trans people for the first time about seventy-five pages in, and I kind of wish she hadn't at all. She spoke of us in a very pathologising and mocking way, also v
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Anna
Aug 12, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Gender Trouble' is an extremely thought-provoking, dense, and erudite book. In it, Butler expounds the idea of gender as something performed, rather than an innate and unchangeable quality. She also emphasises that the often-assumed differentiation of gender as social construction and sex as biological is both deeply problematic and vastly oversimplified. The exploration and critique of compulsory heterosexuality is likewise excellent.

That said, 'Gender Trouble' is a challenging book to read. T
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Jamie
Butler has numerous loud detractors, and faces a variety of underhanded compliments, even on this very website, along the lines of comments such as: "oh, she's smart, but *only* when she's not talking about gender." OR "Butler would be great if she wasn't such an impenetrable writer."

Well, I'll say it outright. I love Butler. I love Gender Trouble. I love Bodies that Matter. I love Giving an Account of Oneself. I love basically everything I've read by her, and I'm always excited to have the opp
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k8inorbit
Nov 07, 2007 k8inorbit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gender studies, queer studies
It's incredibly difficult to get past Butler's writing style, which is notoriously dense. (We're talking Ghengis Khan levels of "notorious".) Ultimately this makes the reading experience so frustrating that it's hard to appreciate or understand the theory.

I also found Butler's writing to be extremely repetitive. She tends to restate the same concept in a variety of ways, without really doing anything further with it. Ultimately, I think she could benefit from an editor, but many academics seem
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Sara
Sep 13, 2011 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Butler's writing is some of the worst I've encountered in academia. A few of her ideas are novel, but they are so buried in unnecessarily convoluted reasoning and unexplained references to vaguely related work that they are hardly worth the effort. The book also abuses trans people's identities for political purposes.
Andrew
Jan 21, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a tough read for sure. I have some thinking to do on the topic. I had always thought that 'sex' came from biology and 'gender' came from society. There's a strong correlation between Male and Masculine - Female and Feminine; but not an absolute connection by any means. Butler, I think, questions the foundation of 'sex' coming from biology - which is fair enough since humans are, ultimately, the ones that are slicing reality in that way - there are examples of humans that don't adequatel ...more
Andrew
OK, so gender is chiefly performative. This seems reasonable. And at the beginning of the book, I was on her side-- hell, "androgyny is a cultural imperative" was a mantra to me in my college days. But I think Butler goes a bit overboard with the idea, attributing a degree of fluidity to gender that seems more prescriptive than descriptive. I agree that mid-century French feminists were more essentialist than they cared to admit, and I'm impressed with the way that Butler cleaned house in regard ...more
Siri
I feel like maybe I am not actually qualified to be rating this book, as I understood very little of it.
Ill freely admit that this might have been one of the most difficult texts I have ever read: convoluted structures and phrases, with a heavy dose of incomprehensible academic lingo. Often I could reread a passage several times, without getting to the bottom of its meaning. I liked the part where she justified her at times strange grammar and sentence structures with the fact that the ideas she
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Ben
Feb 13, 2011 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than anything, I'm impressed with the scope of Gender Trouble. Having a basic keyword understanding of Butler's theory, but no primary exposure, I was fully expecting her to stay in the realm of abstract poststructuralist "il n'y a pas de hors-texte" performativity of gender, so when she dipped into the reification of biological sex by means of gender restrictions, I was thoroughly impressed. Part of that impression was the realization that rather than being a ridiculous over-stepping of bo ...more
Cary
Mar 30, 2015 Cary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Convinced, even though it's reputation precedes my reading, that this is one of the most important, concise and virtuosic works of philosophy of the last 30 years. Furthermore, I can assure anyone wanting to read it that it's so much more vital than the many people who propose it, yet misunderstand it, would have you believe.

Also, I find it reductive to refer to this work simply as one of either (or both) feminist or gender theory. It goes beyond all that. Butler's erudition, along with the dis
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Nadosia Grey
Using theory as teleology
It definitely seems that Butler is using theory—specifically Derrida’s deconstruction—for a goal. Some critics have argued that theory shouldn’t be used in this manner, i.e., theory shouldn’t be used for a specific political or teleological goal. While I agree to an extent, it’s clear that the goal in this work is to disrupt the gender binary system that has been naturalized. That’s all the deconstruction is for: simply establishing the free-play that was not once there
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Kira
Apr 28, 2009 Kira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who know their 20th C. French philosophy
Recommended to Kira by: a friend from college
Shelves: gender
First let me say that this is a thorough, well-argued treatment of the relationship between gender, sex, and sexual behavior, as they have been conceived in the past. By treating this relationship as it does, Gender Trouble reconfigures the nexus of these binaries and multiplies them to infinity: the "et cetera" (and others), an embarrassed catch-all, becomes something more like "et differentia," expanding along all dimensions.
If you're into French feminists (Kristeva, Irigaray, Wittig, are ci
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Avital
Jun 25, 2012 Avital rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
In this book, Butler exposes the problems resulting from the identification of gender based on the biological difference between men and women. This classification is constructed by discourse with the objective of recreating hegemonic paradigms and perpetuating current power relations. Defining Women and Men as universal categories disguises the interests it serves. Therefore, anything that is defined as natural or universal should be studied critically. She writes, “Signification is not a foun ...more
Jessica
Feb 29, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a tough one. While I am not in full agreement with all of Butler's points, I did find it to be, as a whole, a very thorough argument. I recommend having a good idea of feminist theory, history, and terminology before you pick it up. Otherwise, her ideas will go in one ear and out the other. (One eye and out the other?)
Anthony
Apr 07, 2009 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
from the 1st paragraph of the preface:
"To make trouble was, within the reigning discourse of my childhood, something one should never do precisely because that would get one IN trouble. The rebellion and its reprimand seemed to be caught up in the same terms, a phenomenon that gave rise to my first critical insight into the subtle ruse of power: The prevailing law threatened one with trouble, even put one in trouble, all to keep one out of trouble. Hence, I concluded that trouble is inevitable a
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Rekha
Sep 13, 2007 Rekha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most widely known books on gender studies, Butler challenges French feminist essentialist thought. She also touches on sex determination in genetics and gender play. Butler also challenges basic gender distinctions both in traditional and feminist discourse and relates the distinctions made to their political and social power structures. In a nutshell, it's all about gender-as-culture.
sologdin
Feb 17, 2015 sologdin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
labor intensive, but that's a virtue, as is the progressive gender theory, which 'solicits' gender in the derridean sense (i.e., the title's 'trouble'). is a bad book, however, insofar as it is probably immaterialist.
Jen
Nov 04, 2007 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little academic for those of you not into that, but for all my feminist pals you should take a look at this book or anything by Judith Butler.
cypt
baigiau versti!!!
Melissa
Apr 04, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the hardest piece of critical theory I have ever read (granted, I have not read very much). Her prose is just dizzyingly and marvelously abstruse and challenging and she is insistent throughout that we cannot understand her theories on gender and sex without first understanding the ENTIRE history of critical theory on it before her. She takes on a journey through Freud, Lacan, Foucault, Wittig, Rubin, and many many more, tearing them apart, building them up again. I honestly do not know ...more
Mariam Abood
Can I please put as a disclaimer that this is my opinion as an intersectional feminist.

So this book was really interesting and insightful, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs to study feminism at school, and doesn't know where to start, or I would recommend this book to you if you just have an interest in feminism and want some enlightenment.

The main problem however, that I had with this book was the fact that it was almost too intelligent, if that makes any sense. Judith Butle
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Judith Butler is an American post-structuralist and feminist philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics. She is currently a professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley.
Butler received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University in 1984, for a dissertation subsequently publi
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“If Lacan presumes that female homosexuality issues from a disappointed heterosexuality, as observation is said to show, could it not be equally clear to the observer that heterosexuality issues from a disappointed homosexuality?” 61 likes
“As a result, gender is not to culture as sex is to nature; gender is
also the discursive/cultural means by which “sexed nature” or “a natural
sex” is produced and established as “prediscursive,” prior to culture,
a politically neutral surface on which culture acts”
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