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Queering Gender/Queer Feminism: Butler, Whittle
Queering gender/queer feminism: Butler, whittle

Identity has become very problematic in Feminism – in theory and political activism. Identity politics has been widely criticised, even sometimes vilified by a broad range of feminists. However, instead of disappearing, identity has ‘become something of an obsession’ within Feminism and indeed in the gender/sexuality field as a whole – that is, in Feminist, Masculinity and Sexuality Studies (Hekman, 2000: 289). Butler's work from the 1990s until today has been central to this stormy debate – a debate which in many ways articulates the Modernist-Postmodern divide that runs through virtually all contemporary socio-political and cultural theory and social activist movements.

Butler's work has been the subject of considerable dispute, but has had a ‘profound effect’ on ...

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