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'Gender Terror, Gender Rage' by Kate Bornstein

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Department
English
Course
EN 2012
Professor
Terry Goldie
Semester
Fall

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Gender Terror Gender RageBy Kate Bornstein EN 2012Professor Terry GoldieFeb 16 2011 Bornstein proposed that culture rather than creating roles for naturally gendered people was creating gender out of the roles people played Initially meant to refer to people like herself who radically challenge the fundamental structures of gender and free up opportunities for gender to change she came to apply it instead to people she labelled gender defenders or supporters of the status quo who acted out of their fear and loathing by directing violence and hostility towards transgender people Bornstein who often uses nongender specific personal pronouns raises the questions of whether there can be any position beyond gender She refuses to be categorized and place on either side of the gender divide In art and life Bornstein aims for realworld gender fluidity on a day to day basis Gender terrorists are not the drag queens the butch dykes the men on roller skates dressed as nuns Gender terrorists are not the female to male transsexual whos learning to look people in the eye while he walks down the street Gender terrorists are not the leather daddies or backseat Betties Gender terrorists are not the married men shivering in the dark as they slip on their wives panties Gender terrorists are those who bang their heads against a gender system which is real and natural and who then use gender to terrorize the rest of us The gender defender is someone who actively or by knowing inaction defends the status quo of the existing gender system and thus perpetuates the violence of male privilege and all its social extensions The gender defender or gender terrorist is someone for whom gender forms a cornerstone of their view of the world Shake gender up for these folks and youre in for troubleWhat Are They Afraid Of Because gender ambiguity and gender outlaws are made invisible in this culture and because gender transgressors are by and large silent And thus invisible for reasons stated earlier the defenders of gender rigidity lash out at the nearest familiar label homosexuality and lesbianism the points at which gender outsiders intersect with sexual outsiders The acts of gender defender are acts of violence against gender outsiderso Gay bashing is one act of gender defenders
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