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Judith Butler Quotes: "Masculine and feminine roles are not biologically fixed but socially constructed."

Masculine and feminine roles are not biologically fixed but socially constructed.




Judith Butler Quotes: "We lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world."

We lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world.




Judith Butler Quotes: "Possibility is not a luxury; it is as crucial as bread."

Possibility is not a luxury; it is as crucial as bread.



Judith Butler Quotes: "There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender... identity is performatively constituted by the very 'expressions' that are said to be its results."

There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender... identity is performatively constituted by the very 'expressions' that are said to be its results.




Judith Butler Quotes: "We form ourselves within the vocabularies that we did not choose, and sometimes we have to reject those vocabularies, or actively develop new ones."

We form ourselves within the vocabularies that we did not choose, and sometimes we have to reject those vocabularies, or actively develop new ones.



Judith Butler Quotes: "All of us, as bodies, are in the active position of figuring out how to live with and against the constructions - or norms - that help to form us."

All of us, as bodies, are in the active position of figuring out how to live with and against the constructions - or norms - that help to form us.



Judith Butler Quotes: "To operate within the matrix of power is not the same as to replicate uncritically relations of domination."

To operate within the matrix of power is not the same as to replicate uncritically relations of domination.




Judith Butler Quotes: "As we interpret ourselves differently, we also live ourselves differently."

As we interpret ourselves differently, we also live ourselves differently.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original; in fact, it is a kind of imitation that produces the very notion of the original as an effect and consequence of the imitation itself."

Gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original; in fact, it is a kind of imitation that produces the very notion of the original as an effect and consequence of the imitation itself.



Judith Butler Quotes: "We act and walk and speak and talk in ways that consolidate an impression of being a man or being a woman."

We act and walk and speak and talk in ways that consolidate an impression of being a man or being a woman.



Judith Butler Quotes: "I do think it's important that we experiment with new vocabularies. That new words help us conceptualize our social existence in a different way."

I do think it's important that we experiment with new vocabularies. That new words help us conceptualize our social existence in a different way.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Sexual harassment law is very important. But I think it would be a mistake if the sexual harassment law movement is the only way in which feminism is known in the media."

Sexual harassment law is very important. But I think it would be a mistake if the sexual harassment law movement is the only way in which feminism is known in the media.




Judith Butler Quotes: "All of those who inhabit the world have a right to be here by virtue of their being here at all. To be here means you have a right to be here."

All of those who inhabit the world have a right to be here by virtue of their being here at all. To be here means you have a right to be here.



Judith Butler Quotes: "We cannot choose with whom we cohabit the world."

We cannot choose with whom we cohabit the world.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Indeed it may be only by risking the incoherence of identity that connection is possible."

Indeed it may be only by risking the incoherence of identity that connection is possible.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Gender is an identity tenuously constituted in time, instituted in an exterior space through a stylized repetition of acts."

Gender is an identity tenuously constituted in time, instituted in an exterior space through a stylized repetition of acts.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Photography has a relation to intervention, but photographing is not the same as an intervening."

Photography has a relation to intervention, but photographing is not the same as an intervening.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Let's face it. We're undone by each other. And if we're not, we're missing something."

Let's face it. We're undone by each other. And if we're not, we're missing something.



Judith Butler Quotes: "I think we have to accept a wide variety of positions on gender. Some want to be gender-free, but others want to be free really to be a gender that is crucial to who they are."

I think we have to accept a wide variety of positions on gender. Some want to be gender-free, but others want to be free really to be a gender that is crucial to who they are.



Judith Butler Quotes: "If we are looking for signs of democratization, then surely we are looking as well for forms of living on equal terms in and among cultural differences."

If we are looking for signs of democratization, then surely we are looking as well for forms of living on equal terms in and among cultural differences.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Everyone has a set of presuppositions: what gender is, what it's not. And they may not write them out or they may not be in theoretical books published by Routledge, but they have a theory."

Everyone has a set of presuppositions: what gender is, what it's not. And they may not write them out or they may not be in theoretical books published by Routledge, but they have a theory.



Judith Butler Quotes: "You only trust those who are absolutely like yourself, those who have signed a pledge of allegiance to this particular identity."

You only trust those who are absolutely like yourself, those who have signed a pledge of allegiance to this particular identity.



Judith Butler Quotes: "It seems to me that responsiveness is a better source for understanding what moral claims are and how they work upon us."

It seems to me that responsiveness is a better source for understanding what moral claims are and how they work upon us.



Judith Butler Quotes: "There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original."

There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.



Judith Butler Quotes: "I must say, I feel the reception of my work is none of my business."

I must say, I feel the reception of my work is none of my business.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Peace is a certain resistance to the terrible satisfactions of war."

Peace is a certain resistance to the terrible satisfactions of war.



Judith Butler Quotes: "I think that every sexual position is fundamentally comic."

I think that every sexual position is fundamentally comic.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Perhaps we have to remember that there are forms of outrage that do not lead to any sort of mobilization, and there are ways of "registering the facts" that do not lead to outrage."

Perhaps we have to remember that there are forms of outrage that do not lead to any sort of mobilization, and there are ways of "registering the facts" that do not lead to outrage.



Judith Butler Quotes: "What we need are poems that interrogate the world of pronouns, open up possibilities of language and life; forms of politics that support and encourage self-affirmation."

What we need are poems that interrogate the world of pronouns, open up possibilities of language and life; forms of politics that support and encourage self-affirmation.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Popular sovereignty has to be given by a people to itself, and this is the important meaning of self-determination."

Popular sovereignty has to be given by a people to itself, and this is the important meaning of self-determination.



Judith Butler Quotes: "We need to be I think equally sensitive to the injurious power of certain kinds of speech acts but also to the subversive and possibly liberatory effects of certain kinds of play."

We need to be I think equally sensitive to the injurious power of certain kinds of speech acts but also to the subversive and possibly liberatory effects of certain kinds of play.



Judith Butler Quotes: "The violence of language consists in its effort to capture the ineffable and, hence, to destroy it, to seize hold of that which must remain elusive for language to operate as a living thing."

The violence of language consists in its effort to capture the ineffable and, hence, to destroy it, to seize hold of that which must remain elusive for language to operate as a living thing.



Judith Butler Quotes: "So there might be a kind of collective effort that allows for those risks to be taken, pose a certain danger but not a suicidal one."

So there might be a kind of collective effort that allows for those risks to be taken, pose a certain danger but not a suicidal one.



Judith Butler Quotes: "We have to have a very strong criticism of modes of cooperation that entrench inequality."

We have to have a very strong criticism of modes of cooperation that entrench inequality.



Judith Butler Quotes: "What is most important is to cease legislating for all lives what is liveable only for some, and similarly, to refrain from proscribing for all lives what is unlivable for some."

What is most important is to cease legislating for all lives what is liveable only for some, and similarly, to refrain from proscribing for all lives what is unlivable for some.



Judith Butler Quotes: "The critical image... must not only fail to capture its referent, but show its failure."

The critical image... must not only fail to capture its referent, but show its failure.



Judith Butler Quotes: "I am much more open about categories of gender, and my feminism has been about women's safety from violence, increased literacy, decreased poverty and more equality."

I am much more open about categories of gender, and my feminism has been about women's safety from violence, increased literacy, decreased poverty and more equality.



Judith Butler Quotes: "I think, what I want to say is that yes, my ideas have travelled into popular culture they also emerged from popular culture in a way, or from the general public as you put it. But not as a program."

I think, what I want to say is that yes, my ideas have travelled into popular culture they also emerged from popular culture in a way, or from the general public as you put it. But not as a program.



Judith Butler Quotes: "A certain kind of permission is given to live differently, to conceptualize and to act according to a new conceptualization."

A certain kind of permission is given to live differently, to conceptualize and to act according to a new conceptualization.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Every taxi driver I have ever spoken to has a theory of gender."

Every taxi driver I have ever spoken to has a theory of gender.



Judith Butler Quotes: "The life doesn't simply get erased. It gets imprinted and remembered."

The life doesn't simply get erased. It gets imprinted and remembered.



Judith Butler Quotes: "War begets war. It produces outraged and humiliated and furious people. That is almost invariably the case."

War begets war. It produces outraged and humiliated and furious people. That is almost invariably the case.



Judith Butler Quotes: "Perhaps the promise of phallus is always dissatisfying in some way."

Perhaps the promise of phallus is always dissatisfying in some way.



Judith Butler Quotes: "I'm no great fan of the phallus, and have made my own views known on this subject before, so I do not propose a return to a notion of the phallus as the third term in any and all relations of desire."

I'm no great fan of the phallus, and have made my own views known on this subject before, so I do not propose a return to a notion of the phallus as the third term in any and all relations of desire.



Judith Butler Quotes: "It is clear that whatever language of democracy [Barack] Obama and his administration use is very tactically deployed, and has as its main aim the extension of US power and interests."

It is clear that whatever language of democracy [Barack] Obama and his administration use is very tactically deployed, and has as its main aim the extension of US power and interests.



Judith Butler Quotes: "The Gulf War was a clear precedent as well, and it let us begin to understand how the US government would go to war to secure strategic oil reserves and potential markets."

The Gulf War was a clear precedent as well, and it let us begin to understand how the US government would go to war to secure strategic oil reserves and potential markets.



Judith Butler Quotes: "I think we have to ask, not, what "Gender trouble" is today but where "Gender trouble" is today."

I think we have to ask, not, what "Gender trouble" is today but where "Gender trouble" is today.



Judith Butler Quotes: "I think I never expected "Gender trouble" to have any particularly revolutionary effect so whatever effects it has, I'm always surprised."

I think I never expected "Gender trouble" to have any particularly revolutionary effect so whatever effects it has, I'm always surprised.



Judith Butler Quotes: "I think it's important to live with a certain danger and a certain risk."

I think it's important to live with a certain danger and a certain risk.