Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

Gender Trouble

Since its publication in 1990, Gender Trouble has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture. This is the text where Judith Butler began to advance the ideas that would go on to take life as "performativity theory," as well as some of the first articulations of the possibility for subversive gender practices,...

Details Gender Trouble

TitleGender Trouble
Release DateJul 17th, 2018
GenreFeminism, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Gender, Theory, Glbt, Queer

Reviews Gender Trouble

  • Warwick
    Some very interesting ideas here imprisoned in a lot of opaque, tortuous sentences. Postmodern ‘academese’ remains the only major European language that I am completely incapable of understanding. I am also sick to death of seeing intelligent friends, both here and in real life, make apologetic comments about how they weren't quite up to the task of fully engaging with texts like this – as if it were their fault!You know what? If a series o...
  • Trevor
    You know, the problem with troubling gender is that gender isn’t the only thing that is going to be troubled. When I was doing my first degree my lecturer in the editing subject said that you should pay attention to the things people generally skip over in books – the titles of chapters for one, but much more importantly, epigraphs. The example he gave was Watership Down, which he claimed that if you read all of at the start of each of the ch...
  • Garrison
    Thrilling new vocabulary with which to alienate friends and offend family
  • Hadrian
    Still no real review yet, but in my research for this I found 'Judith Butler Explained with Cats', an instructive Socratic dialogue on Butler's idea of gender as a performance. is at this. It lays out the idea very clearly and it has cat pictures. How am I going to compete with this.
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    دوستانِ گرانقدر، در موردِ این کتاب باید بگویم که بسیار سخت و پیچیده بیان شده است... برایِ خواندنِ این کتاب، بدونِ تردید باید آگاهی از اصطلاحات سیاسی و ادبیاتِ حزبی و بخصوص اصطلاحات و استدلال هایِ رایجِ آکادمیکیِ <فمینیستی> داشته باشید... به هرحال برا...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Judith ButlerGender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990; second edition 1999) is a book by the philosopher Judith Butler, in which the author argues that gender is a kind of improvised performance. The work is influential in feminism, women's studies, and lesbian and gay studies, and has also enjoyed widespread popularity outside of traditional academic circles. تاری...
  • Lit Bug
    This was a woefully dense text, meant primarily for those who have read enough feminism to have at least a basic idea of the major concepts of feminist theory as well a basic idea of the theorists from whom Butler draws her arguments. I was aware of what Foucault, Beauvoir, Lacan, Freud and Levi-Strauss stood for, could never get into Kristeva, and had read little or nothing of Wittig, Reviere, Cixous and Mary Douglas. On that account, this seeme...
  • Craig Werner
    Badly written and destructive in its impact on academic discourse. Butler is a darling of the theory crowd, one of the required citations. I found nothing in it that went beyond the standard cliches concerning the inadequacy of essentialist definitions. That wouldn't earn it the one star; what does is Butler's centrality to the infinite regression school of literary/cultural theory. By the time Butler's acolytes--apparently oblivious to the fact ...
  • David Michael
    True, it is a bit dated today, and I would distance myself from her strong emphasis on psychoanalysis and performativity, but it was a radical turning point in my life, and is close to perfect as a theory text. Its impact on contemporary feminism and critical practices can not be underestimated. This book will always be close to my heart.
  • Anna
    'Gender Trouble' is an extremely thought-provoking, dense, and erudite book. In it, Butler expounds the idea of gender as something performed, rather than an innate and unchangeable quality. She also emphasises that the often-assumed differentiation of gender as social construction and sex as biological is both deeply problematic and vastly oversimplified. The exploration and critique of compulsory heterosexuality is likewise excellent.That said,...
  • sologdin
    Reassessed: Outworks here mark out the conceptual lineage of the title: “Contemporary feminist debates over the meanings of gender lead time and again to a certain sense of trouble, as if the indeterminacy of gender might eventually culminate in the failure of feminism” (vii). (view spoiler)[Linguistic note: etymology tells the story—trouble - c. 1200, from Old French trubler, metathesis of turbler, torbler "to trouble, disturb; make cloudy...
  • Jamie
    Butler has numerous loud detractors, and faces a variety of underhanded compliments, even on this very website, along the lines of comments such as: "oh, she's smart, but *only* when she's not talking about gender." OR "Butler would be great if she wasn't such an impenetrable writer." Well, I'll say it outright. I love Butler. I love Gender Trouble. I love Bodies that Matter. I love Giving an Account of Oneself. I love basically everything I've r...
  • Sara
    Butler's writing is some of the worst I've encountered in academia. A few of her ideas are novel, but they are so buried in unnecessarily convoluted reasoning and unexplained references to vaguely related work that they are hardly worth the effort. The book also abuses trans people's identities for political purposes.
  • k8inorbit
    It's incredibly difficult to get past Butler's writing style, which is notoriously dense. (We're talking Ghengis Khan levels of "notorious".) Ultimately this makes the reading experience so frustrating that it's hard to appreciate or understand the theory. I also found Butler's writing to be extremely repetitive. She tends to restate the same concept in a variety of ways, without really doing anything further with it. Ultimately, I think she coul...
  • Adriana Scarpin
    Clássico fundador da teoria queer que coloca o gênero como performance, está dividido em três capítulos maiores que por sua vez estão divididos em sessões:Capítulo 1- Sujeitos do sexo/gênero objeto: onde consta um apanhado geral do gênero segundo a história e teoria feminista.Capítulo 2- Proibição, psicanálise e produção da matriz sexual: onde consta o gênero a partir de conceitos psicanalíticos a partir de Sigmund Freud, Jacqu...
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  • Ben
    More than anything, I'm impressed with the scope of Gender Trouble. Having a basic keyword understanding of Butler's theory, but no primary exposure, I was fully expecting her to stay in the realm of abstract poststructuralist "il n'y a pas de hors-texte" performativity of gender, so when she dipped into the reification of biological sex by means of gender restrictions, I was thoroughly impressed. Part of that impression was the realization that ...
  • Andrew
    This was a tough read for sure. I have some thinking to do on the topic. I had always thought that 'sex' came from biology and 'gender' came from society. There's a strong correlation between Male and Masculine - Female and Feminine; but not an absolute connection by any means. Butler, I think, questions the foundation of 'sex' coming from biology - which is fair enough since humans are, ultimately, the ones that are slicing reality in that way -...
  • Wouter
    Clearly, this book is, or was at the time it was published, revolutionary. Even as a "woke feminist" whose knowledge is, I found out, for a large part based on a lot of Butler's theory, this was delightfully enlightening and makes me want to know SO MUCH MORE about feminist and gender theory. I just wish it wasn't so awfully dry and hard to follow. I was really struggling to understand a lot of Butler's theories and explanations and I found mysel...
  • Avital
    In this book, Butler exposes the problems resulting from the identification of gender based on the biological difference between men and women. This classification is constructed by discourse with the objective of recreating hegemonic paradigms and perpetuating current power relations. Defining Women and Men as universal categories disguises the interests it serves. Therefore, anything that is defined as natural or universal should be studied cri...
  • Kira
    First let me say that this is a thorough, well-argued treatment of the relationship between gender, sex, and sexual behavior, as they have been conceived in the past. By treating this relationship as it does, Gender Trouble reconfigures the nexus of these binaries and multiplies them to infinity: the "et cetera" (and others), an embarrassed catch-all, becomes something more like "et differentia," expanding along all dimensions. If you're into Fre...
  • Kirsty
    I have only read this in part so far, tackling those sections which are useful for my thesis research, and leaving the rest for a later date. What I have read thus far is intelligently put across, and well argued.
  • Maya McKenzie
    So many good thoughts. So hard to understand.
  • Romany
    What's a woman? What's a woman, what's a what's a what's a woman, w-w-woman, wooooooman.
  • Daniel Cheng
    Given all the hype that surrounds it, Gender Trouble ended up being a very underwhelming read. Maybe this book hasn’t aged well because this kind of social constructivist argument at this point is pretty passé and honestly completely pointless, but all I found was a not particularly innovative application of basic concepts from French structuralism/post-structuralism onto sex/gender.But before addressing the arguments themselves, a preliminary...
  • Nadosia Grey
    Using theory as teleology It definitely seems that Butler is using theory—specifically Derrida’s deconstruction—for a goal. Some critics have argued that theory shouldn’t be used in this manner, i.e., theory shouldn’t be used for a specific political or teleological goal. While I agree to an extent, it’s clear that the goal in this work is to disrupt the gender binary system that has been naturalized. That’s all the deconstruction i...
  • Jeremy
    This is famous both for its importance and the difficulty of its prose. Butler's idea that gender is fundamentally performative (i.e. it's something you 'do', not something you 'are') is a potent observation that helped clear out a lot of tedious, essentialist thinking. This was published in the early 1990's, during the apex (or depending on your perspective, the nadir) of what's called critical theory. Butler's prose is unapologetically dense, b...