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  • A Macat Analysis of Judith Butler's Gender Trouble | Tim Smith-Laing

    A Macat Analysis of Judith Butler's Gender Trouble

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    • By Tim Smith-Laing
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    Philosopher Judith Butler's 1990 work, Gender Trouble, shook the foundations of feminist theory and changed the conversation about gender. While many thinkers already accepted that "gender" was a category constructed by society rather than defined by one's genitalia, Butler went further and argued that gender is performative - it exists only in the acts that express it. Society determines that wearing makeup is "feminine" - but some men wear makeup. Are they "women"?

  • A Macat Analysis of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own | Fiona Robinson,Tim Smith-Laing

    A Macat Analysis of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own

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    • By Fiona Robinson, Tim Smith-Laing
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    Even as recently as the 1920s the historical lack of great female writers was often considered as evidence of women's inferiority. Virginia Woolf disagreed. In her 1929 essay A Room of One's Own, she argues that creativity is impossible without privacy and freedom from financial worries - and that throughout history women have had neither. As a result, no tradition of great female writing existed to inspire women. Woolf's focus on the everyday suppression of women was a turning point.

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