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Butler, Judith. “Gender Trouble.” In Social Theory Re-Wired, edited by Wesley Longhofer and Daniel Winchester, 471-481. New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2012. (10)

Judith Baker’s “Gender Trouble” is, thus far, the most interesting piece on feminism and representation which works towards furthering the advancements of gender equity through realization of necessity in political agenda. As Butler mentions, “the relationship between feminist theory and politics has come under challenge from within feminist discourse,” which is troublesome when one considers the availability to spread the ideological impact of feminism given the massive audience such as that which politics grants.76 Using the great theories of Foucault and Riley, Butler explains that the idea that universality within feminism “accompanies the notion that the oppression of women has some singular form discernible in the universal or hegemonic structure of patriarchy”.77 Notions such as this embrace a concept which implores that there is a universal patriarchy as well, when in reality, all points of the world experience this kind of oppression in different ways. Despite the minor hole in the logic behind universality in nearly any cultural phenomenon, this piece calls out a necessary evil to fight in working towards gender equity.

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