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Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity Setting & Symbolism

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Masquerade

This occurs when one wears a gender mask in accord with the demands of one's society or in order to acquire gender attributes.

The Incest Taboo

The taboo against incest, which is thought to be the beginning of gender identification by some theorists.

The Homosexuality Taboo

The taboo against homosexuality is also thought to help generate gender identification.

The Body

Butler often discusses the relationship of social constructs to the body and emphasizes not advancing theory that alienates individuals from their bodies.

Drag

Dressing in drag is a way of parodying concrete gender identities.

The Phallus

Men have the phallus on Butler's view but women are made into the Phallus - they are identified with sex itself.

The Heterosexual Matrix

The matrix of heterosexual language, social norms and sexual desire that marginalizes women and homosexuals.

Compulsory Hetersexuality

Compulsory heterosexuality occurs in cultures where homosexuality is forbidden and...

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