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Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity - Study Guide Chapter 2, Prohibition, Psychoanalysis, and the Production of the Heterosexual Matrix, Introduction and Section I, Structuralism's Critical Exchange Summary & Analysis

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Many feminists try to think of a point of origin for oppression, perhaps from pre-patriarchal cultures, so as to see masculine dominance as merely contingent, but rectifying the pre-patriarchal scheme is problematic as well because it suggests a clear definition of what a post-patriarchal culture might look like. Feminists often hope for a Utopian revolution against patriarchy, partly through socialist feminism and structuralist anthropology, such as Levi-Strauss's. The very idea of conceiving sex in this kind of concrete way supports domination.

The nature-culture separation obscures the difficulties fighting against oppressive culture and suggests that nature and originary power structures are always bad. To support these points, Butler discusses the work of anthropologists Marilyn...

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