Essay on A Girl Like Me : By Judith Butler

774 Words Jan 21st, 2015 4 Pages
One is not born a woman, but rather becomes one. Simone de Beauvoir’s statement is possibly one of the most interesting quotes used in Judith Butler’s book Gender Trouble. Judith Butler, an American philosopher whom specialises in feminist and queer theory, uses this statement as a means to oppose the general assumptions made by feminists, that there is an idea of a solid feminine identity. Feminism is a social and political movement, its main aim is to define rights for women and establish feminine identity equally across the globe. Butler seeks to understand if feminism can survive without a solid feminist identity, meaning the inclusion of repressed gendered people such as transgender and transsexuals. She achieves this by analysing the main differences between sex and gender and deconstructs gender representations by suggesting that gender is performative, meaning that people perform certain gendered act due to desire. The aim of this essay is to use Judith Butler’s notion of queer theory in Gender Trouble and map it to the film A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story, focusing on four aspects of her theory, sex and gender, gender performativity, subversive bodily acts and the social forces which police gender. A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story, follow a true story of a women, Gwen, who is born a man. She is bullied and ridiculed by her family and school because she refuses to conform to the social policing put in place by stigma’s and the repetition of gendered…

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