The Gendered Chicken Drumstick
Sharon Bong, Gender Studies, School of Arts & Social Sciences, Monash University
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“We act as if that being of a man or that being of a woman is actually an internal reality or something that is simply true about us, a fact about us, but actually it's a phenomenon that is being produced all the time and reproduced all the time, so to say gender is performative is to say that nobody really is a gender from the start,” writes Judith Butler, whose book “Gender Trouble”, our guest highly recommends. So close to us and yet so opaque, our gendered bodies have a profound effect on our live chances and our relationships. Today, we explore how Gender Studies might be a way out of the thicket of socially constructed identities around sex, gender and sexuality.
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