Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why do some feminists say that feminine identity is vital, according to Butler?

Butler states that some feminists claim the feminine identity is vital. The feminine identity, to some feminists, makes women and women's political issues viable. Without the so-called feminine identity, some believe that feminist politics and political issues pertaining to women would fail.

2. How was the feminine identity created, according to Foucault?

Foucault makes the claim that the feminine identity was created by society. Societal mechanisms have constructed the feminine identity as Foucault sees it. Language has contributed to these societal mechanisms as well as other factors.

3. What is Butler's thesis in Gender Trouble?

In Gender Trouble, Butler's thesis is that the construction of a well-defined and well unified category of women is negative. This category of women would only serve to undermine the ability to represent women.

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