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In Gender Trouble (1990) Butler examines the ways in which gender is understood and utilised in feminist theory. She draws attention to the persistent critique that within feminism the universalised subject of ‘women’ privileges the experiences of dominant groups within that category, and leaves unexamined the consequences of differences such as race or class (p. 14). Rather than seeking to articulate the means by which feminism might represent women more fully, Butler suggests that the very impetus to do so might in fact mask relations of power antithetical to any transformation of the relations and regulations of gender. Thus, she questions the dominant assumption in feminist theory that feminist politics should be a representational politics organised around the category of women, and suggests that ...

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