Exam 4.Queer Feminist and New Materialist Theory

Host: Good evening to our attendants and special guest. We welcome you to our academic conference. Today in our panels we have our discussant Judith Butler and Jasbir Puar. We are here to discuss the Queer, Feminist and New Materialist Theory and how it has evolved over time. We first start with Ms. Judith Butler and her ideas of how the role of Sex or gender plays over time. Then to Ms. Jasbir Puar.

JB: Good evening to everyone. I would like to first state that gender is constructed . Women are not born and they do not have a specific sex indication, girls are born with a specific biological set of DNA. The basic ideas of gender exists as a repeated stylization of the body. The idea of women is constructed through complicated term of gender as a stable identity. I find that gender traits are socially constructed. Here is a chart set up on the distinction between sex and gender.

sex= biological traits       -male

-female                                                                                Structural Identity

gender= cultural traits -Women ( expected to be feminine or the maternal figure)

Men ( expected to be masculine or the paternal figure)

This is a problematic idea and notion of identity set by others before us. Why does it follow so directly? Gender is a steroization of body through system of power and ideal logy. We do not need a fixed structure to understand gender. We need to look outside of it.

JP: Well in my opinion I think the term gender should be understood as resulting from changed identities and not as a fixed structure idea of gender should be thought of as becoming or as event changed in people’s lives that structured their own thoughts of identity. We can see from many works of literature the influences of the environment that affects the person such as the political movements from the work of Deleuze and Gartari. The feminist movement is another example of which diversify the structured idea of gender. We can see the strands of Queer theory coming from this.

JB. I agree in which Queer theory is another form new to this current society as in coming though ones set of identities.

JP: Such as how the acts of performing in the intervention it produces gender/ sex differences from the traditional culture.  Even in race the identities are changed thought cultural movement and diffusion, With these new movement cultural has changed.

Host: I see even with Queer couples one is able to claim the maternal role and another the paternal role, even with the same gender . This notion of post structuralism have evolved a great deal too.

JB: I agree in this new era. It is more acceptable to change our own notions of who we think we are. This  is something great happening in our ever changing post structural society.

JP: With even this discussion happing, this is still an event in our current lives that would influence who we are. Queer Feminist  and other materialist Post structural theory.

* Does any one maybe  have any advice for revisions? Any comments will be helpful and appreciated . Thank you. Hope you all have good luck on your finals.

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Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


Join the OWS Think Tank on the radio to discuss education this Wednesday!

If you enjoyed our final discussion in class, you should check out the The Occupy Wall Street Think Tank. One of our main projects right now is a weekly radio show on WBAI on Wednesdays from 6:30-7 pm, and we’d love to have any of you on the show! We have a topic each week (recent topics have included disaster capitalism, disenfranchisement, and housing rights). This Wednesday we will be talking about higher education, touching on student debt, education as a business, and the recent protests at Cooper Union. We like to have as many people in the studio as possible and are always looking for new participants and perspectives! Meet at 5:45 at the studio (120 Wall Street, 10th floor). Let me know if you are interested!

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Exam #4 “What’s the Bottom Line?”




Once again thank you Judith and Jasbir for your very eye opening papers. Can I have another round of applause for our amazing guess speakers “Audience claps* Again let me thank you all for coming to our wonderful What’s the Bottom Line? panel sponsored by by the Hunter College Sociology department.

Now before we break off into our smaller discussion groups to debrief, I would like you all to keep in mind some particular terms like sex, gender, ontology  existentialism  representational  epistemology and matter just to name a few. I want you to think about what comes to mind when you hear those words. What questions come to mind. For example is there some way to infuse or somehow incorporate both Judith and Jasbir’s methods of approach? How could we go about approaching it in that manner? Would this create an extended version of intersectionality? What can be another possible formation to dismantle the subject of “othering”? As an evolving human and progressive people do we change categories or are these categories changed by us? How does this play out in our everyday lives if at all? How significant is this and why? How? How is this related to “gender” “sex”? Think about the question Puar posed about how is the body materialized rather than what the body signifies? Another thing to ask yourselves is the concept Butler enlighten us about was gender, which is “gender” and “sex” truly one in the same and if this is the case how would this look like in our society? Would this change things? Or is our society implemented with this already? Where else can these concepts Judith and Jasbir bring up be applied? and how? These are just some things to help you find a starting point in your debriefing groups. Feel free to ask each other questions or comments. Oh and one last question to keep in mind is: what is the bottom line? *the audience begins to stand up and separate into smaller sub-groups*

-The End

Ladies feel free to ask me any questions, make comments, answer the questions I asked or whatever came across your mind while reading this. Thanks!


Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Assignments, Exams, Readings


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Exam Four: Breaking Down Subjects and Intersectionalities to Build Solidarity

Good afternoon. Thank you, Ms. Butler and Ms. Puar for sharing your time and work with us. It is an honor to share this stage with you.

You both offered powerful critiques of feminism, seeking to break down the gender binary and other means of categorizing people. Ms. Butler spoke of the way in which gender is the way we stylize ourselves. Ms. Puar discussed the problems with intersectionality- that we ironically further “other” people with the endless number of new categories we assign them based on combinations of characteristics. Ms. Butler also shared concerns about the creation of such categories, or subjects, explaining how they become politicized and represented.

In reading these two brilliant theorists I kept coming back to a declaration in one of the fundamental documents of Occupy Wall Street: All of our grievances are connected.

To me this phrase draws out something from each of your work. You both critique the way that creating subjects and intersectionalities others and politicizes people in potentially misrepresentative and exploitative ways. It pits these constructed groups against one another as it reinforces ideas about the existence of a “primary” group. For example, young, white, cisgendered female college students participating in Slut Walk, ignorant of the inability of “Women of Color” to take part. And that is setting aside the way Slut Walk plays into the dominant ideology surrounding gender and sexuality.

Can “All of our grievances are connected.” overcome the problems of subjects and intersectionality? Does the “all” imply each individual, or is it meant to be a unity of intersectionalities and subjects? Certainly Occupy has struggled, and perhaps even outright failed, at overcoming these problems. The occupation itself became a divided camp between the privileged white academics and the people of color and homeless. We established caucuses and working groups based on various intersectionalities and subjects. Were these helpful in overcoming internal and external oppression? Or did they further enable the problems?

Either way, is there still something to declaring that “All of our grievances are connected”? Is it possible to use it to build solidarity among varying experiences while breaking down labels? Or is “all” just another label?

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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Exams


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Puar: Does It Gets Better Make Things Worse?

This article by Jasbir Puar on the It Gets Better campaign hearkens back to something that came up earlier when we were discussing Fanon and the white, upper-class privilege surrounding coming out. It’s also another example of how she continues to apply her theories to current issues.

While it is clear that there is no consensus as to the most responsible reactions to the recent spate of queer suicides, it is imperative that this conversation is connected to broader questions of social justice in terms of race, class and gender. Otherwise, projects like Savage’s risk producing such narrow versions of what it means to be gay, and what it means to be bullied, that for those who cannot identify with it but are nevertheless still targeted for “being different”, It Gets Better might actually contribute to Making Things Worse.

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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


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