Lecture 2: Male Female Relationships !
Jan 22, 2013
The idea of performance
Judith butler – a queer theorist – recognizes the importance of parody,
importance of performitivity.
There are ways of producing identities – “bodily identities” Ex: Madonna embraced this identity, notion of the mermaid … not
the idea of compliance and resistance!
Performitivity in relation to gender – suggest that we can reform,
submerge and play with gender identities.
Gender norms aren’t always engraved in us!
these performances has a way of denaturalizing! – the symbolic power and
normalize and challenge the social reality!
it gives us the ability to communicate the message that can be interpreted
by many ways
Ursula – shows resistance to gender norms!
in her performance – also brings up the idea of called in French ;
“Jouissance” different from the word “pleasre” … transcendent bliss” –
Psycho-analyst coined this term – Jacque la …
Mermaid’s body transformed! And loses her voice! And yet when Ursula is
dead … ariel gets back her voice!
Ursula allows us to see that femininity is just a performance … it can be
transformed …it is not concrete.
Susan Jeffers curse of masculinity looks and critiiques the film that comes
out in the 80s … we see her and Ronaldo willcok … crtiques the
representation of heterosexual white male… tough GUISE BY JACKSON KATZ
Cool Pose! - Its not natural for men to wear pants yet society embraces It …
it is an alternative path to achieve particular goals within a society that
has denied black men!
Sports and stereotypes that we have embedded black men … we have come
to epitomize certain black masculinity! …