Today, we’re examining Molly Fisher’s article, “Think Gender Is Performance? You Have Judith Butler to Thank for That” from The Cut. As you read, answer the following questions:
- What is performativity?
- What do you think Butler and de Beauvoir mean by “one is not born but rather becomes a woman?”
- How do you think the language we use (names and pronouns in particular) fit into notions of gender performativity?
- Why is the concept of performativity important to the study of gender and sexuality?