Judith Butler Queer Theory Analysis

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Theorists like Micheal Foucault and Judith Butler have provided great insight on various topics and critiquing what does not get questioned. Foucault has inspired Butler when it comes to the topics of gender and sex. Butler challenges the ideas that have been inculcated in our own culture by exposing the truth behind what is considered normal and critiquing the binaries in society. Queer theory is important to address because of the lack of knowledge our society has on queerness. Butler’s ideas on queerness and gender will not only empower others, but it will help social workers in their practice.
One of Butler’s ideas is that sex, gender and sexuality are not linked together. Butler questions the distinction between sex and gender. Butler
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Queer theory is built upon feminist challenges to the idea that gender is part of the essential self (Nylund, 2016, slide 10). Likewise, queer theory is built upon gay and lesbian studies where there is a close examination that the nature of sexual acts and identities are socially constructed. The discourse of queer theory is centered on the idea that the knowledge we have about sexuality has been structured through the use of language. Butler views queer activities such as drag or unexpectedly identification and sexual practices as ways to prove that gender distinctions are ineffective(Gray, 2013, p. 65). Butler’s contribution to queer theory has provided members that identify as queer to see their bodies in a different light rather than the binaries that are imposed on us today. One of the main projects in queer theory is to destabilize the binary between the identity categories just as Butler encourages individuals to step outside of the binaries and challenge the social …show more content…
Social workers have the opportunity to work with people about the most challenging things, and they have the power to make positive changes in people’s lives. Although the social work field is known to be open to the diversity of people we work with, that is not always the case. Social workers are one of the main culprits for assuming a person has a certain identity before asking any questions. In some cases, social workers will label others because they are confused by the flexibility people have on their sex, gender, and sexuality. Instead of continuously judging others for not fitting the norm, social workers can learn from Butler and apply it to their practice. For instance, if a person is having a hard time identifying their sexuality or gender, a social worker can provide that person with Butler’s insight of what all that means. This could possibly alleviate the stress and confusion people have about their own bodies. Butler’s work can also guide social workers into accepting that there will be people that will challenge the traditional views of masculinity, femininity and sexuality. Social workers that are open to Butler’s ideas will be able to work with more people that are struggling with their identity or where they fit in the world. Butler’s work is especially important when Social workers are looking at ways to challenge heternormativity and give the

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