Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (The Wellek by Judith Butler

By Judith Butler

The prestigious writer of Gender hassle the following redefines Antigone's legacy, improving her progressive value and releasing it for a innovative feminism and sexual politics. Antigone has lengthy been a feminist icon of defiance. yet what has remained doubtful is whether or not she escapes from the sorts of energy that she opposes, because the type of defiance she exemplifies additionally results in her loss of life. Butler argues that Antigone represents a sort of feminist and sexual enterprise that's fraught with possibility. furthermore, Antigone indicates how a tradition of normative heterosexuality obstructs our means to determine what sexual freedom and political organisation will be.

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First, what is the relevance of a trans­ gendered theory or activism that cannot negotiate the actual world, or at least that cannot negotiate the world as experienced by people without housing, employment, or health care? And second, what are the conse­ quences of adopting a framework that demands that we ignore the insti­ tutional aspects of social life? How can we expect this agenda to have any real impact in terms of social change? As I negotiate the terrain of transgendered identity, I cannot help but be pessimistic.

Indeed, I bet that the selection committee won’t receive another letter nominating PASAN. I think this might be because most of us don’t think about prisoners when we think about the “transgendered” commu­ nity. And yet the work of PASAN has been so crucial for transsexual and transgendered prisoners. Where else can you refer a transsexual prisoner to work out an exit plan that actually makes sense? I think that the spirit of diversity underlying the Trans Planet awards is reflected in PASAN’s work.

The call for papers for this very conference, for instance, articulates a conference for us TS/TG people, and then goes on to name this “us”: two-spirited, transsexual, transgender, intersexed, FTM, MTF, boyz, grrrls, women, men, tranny, genderfluid, gender-fucking, androgynous folk, cross-dressers, drag kings, drag queens, gender queers, gender blenders, butches, femmes, sofas, activists, supporters, allies, tranny boys/girls/dykes/bis/fags, questioning, trans bears, and curious folk. Whew! As someone who lives and works in a language other than English, I can only conclude one thing from this long list of names: the English language is limited indeed in its descriptive abilities.

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