A for Anarchy

The true story of the girl who won't shut up

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Women are afraid of meeting a serial killer. Men are afraid of meeting someone fat.

When Strangers Click, a 2011 documentary about online dating.

It reminds me of that famous Margaret Atwood quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” It also reminds me of something written by one of the mods of Sex Worker Problems: “Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”

I mean, it’s just true.

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Im all for girls drawing and writing self indulgent bullshit, especially considering about 97% of the media around today is just men writing and drawing self indulgent bullshit

I once had a guy tell me my characters are too similar to myself and “real writers” have enough imagination to create unique people in their stories. Then he let me read a story he had written, about a great guy who has his heart broken by an evil woman who literally leaves him to die. Hm.

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.. gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original; in fact, it is a kind of imitation that produces the very notion of the original as an effect and consequence of the imitation itself.

Butler, 1991 (via feministtwins)

I think that’s a pretty damn invalidating quote in relation to trans people.

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I’m not sure if this is invalidating to trans people within the scope of her argument, though. Now, Butler is hella over my head and so I can only frame it though my own experience. This isn’t a prescriptive reading here, it’s me applying my reading to my experience. To me, it seems like Butler’s talking about the perpetuation of social categories via embodiment and performance. I follow her argument and I think that it offers me a new entry-point into my relationship with my gender and transition. While my trans status is valid and important and my medical transition increased my quality of life by leaps and bounds, complicating the idea of how social categories come to be and come to hold weight is really essential for me to live out my masculinity in as non-damaging a way as possible

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i mean, butler is saying that gender is a construction, but not that it’s not real or valid. if i point out that a garden is landscaped and planted, that doesn’t mean it’s not physically here. my problem with butler is that she kind of used drag as a mind-trick, to open up her and her readers’ thoughts about gender — which i think can be kind of tokenizing. but it also supports her point, and she also is serious about drag, she’s not making fun of it.

but she is arguing against the idea that there is a gendered inner self, or any inner self. she argues that all of our aspects of self are within a social realm, and that the permanence of gender (and gender roles, and probably cissexism too if she learned about it) in our current society is due to the fact that we think our gender is an essential part of our being (aka located inside, probably from a body part). a key part of any social construction is always the idea that it’s not a construction — that race really is based in science, that how wealthy we are is based on how hard we work.  she’s saying that gender doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and it’s bigger and more complicated than we think. the gender garden in my example has been worked on by many people, but there are those who argue that no human has ever touched it — that it was “born this way”.

an important thing to remember is that butler kind of redefines her own words, like imitation and performance, they mean something much more complicated to her and to other academics than what we generally define them as in the popular language. specifically, butler says that her notion of performativity has nothing to do with performance, or any staging or acting. her use of performativity comes strictly from a linguistics, philosophy, & communication studies standpoint (originating with J.L. Austin). (austin is actually really easy to read and I recommend it for understanding j-buttz)


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The best part of a relationship is getting to call the person, or lay down next to them, and tell them all the crazy things that happened to you all day long. In the end that’s what it’s about. It’s not about sex, it’s not about the money they give you, it’s not about how good looking they are, it’s about them listening to you talk for hours and hours and hours, about stupid shit that doesn’t matter.
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