Literary Analysis : Judith Butler Essay

1374 Words Oct 23rd, 2014 6 Pages
Bryanna Mills
Sarah Camp

Literary Analysis

Judith Butler once said, “...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...what they imitate is a fantastic ideal of heterosexual identities work neither to copy nor emulate heterosexuality, but rather, to expose heterosexuality as an incessant and panicked imitation of its own naturalized idealization. That heterosexuality is always in the act of elaborating itself is evidence that it is perpetually at risk, that it 'knows ' its own possibility of becoming undone.” (Abelove 307-320) Judith Butler is a Feminist philosopher- to be more specific, a Third-Wave Feminist thinker. Feminist thinkers believe that the world should be equal and that women should be equal to men. But a Third-wave challenges the idea of equal gender roles. They provoke the idea of masculinity and femininity- The belief that gender roles are only black and white. Both Stage Beauty and The Last Man both challenge the idea of gender role. During the process of analyzing the movie, Stage Beauty, and the comic, The Last Man, I realized how they both show the ideas of a Third-Wave Feminist thinkers, how they perceive the world, and how the gender performance is not always following social norms. Feminism is more than the idea of…

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