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I love Peggy Phelan's thinking. She writes about performance and power and the deeper performance we enact in order to be certain identities. Judith Butler calls this performativity, to try to show that it's not a volitional performance. We can't choose to 'do' femininity, Asian-ness, lesbianness. We are 'called' into being these kinds of people, with or without power. We can't refuse. Think about the murder of Brandon Teena. That's how cruelly society can punish you just because you want to be a different gender to the one they think you ought to be. (I can't help wondering why people would get so agitated just because they think you ought to be feminine and you want to 'do' the masculine. Oh, well, again ... that's another story.)
What Peggy Phelan points to in describing the way that the visibility of young women doesn't lead to power is that to have real power, you should not stand up and claim it. You should just be able to assume you've got it, and everyone around you assumes so too.
Rui takes up statistics
to impress her dreamboat
guy. But what of geeky
bespectacled Mr Yamamoto
who can even teach
standard deviation ...?
Well, dahlinks, you sure made yourself visible. The Man-agement are thinking, 'what a troublesome woman. She is way too much trouble. Anyway, I have already got my li'l student lined up for this job (hmmm? Oh well, as a matter of fact he is white, male, able-bodied, heterosexual ... but that is all irrelevant.He is the kind of serious person who focuses on social science not kicking off all over the place about things not being fair).'
If you are a certain kind of person - which happens to be the same kind of person as 95% of management, you are just assumed to be suitable for proper jobs. If you are not, then you have to jump up and down to prove your suitability but the very fact that you have to do that shows you are an unsuitable show-off loudmouth.The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
|Oh ... cleaning up world |
mess is best done by a
man, too? But I have such a
lot of experience with a mop.
Hmmm, bit of a dilemma here ... (whoah, girl! you are wielding that mop a mite fiercely into the floor today).
ETA: Tio_Narratore tells me almost-naked women are making a bold attempt to run Western culture! Or at least prevent it making a complete arse of itself: article on topless protest inside Quebec legislature.