Monday, February 18, 2013

"The point was not to prescribe a new gendered way of life that might then serve as a model for readers of the text.

Rather, the aim of the text was to open up the field of possibility for gender without dictating which kinds of possibilities ought to be realized.

One might wonder what use 'opening up possibilities' finally is, but no one who has understood what it is to live in the social world as what is 'impossible,' illegible, unrealizable, unreal, and illegitimate is likely to pose that question." -jb

Saturday, February 2, 2013


"But perhaps there is now another difficulty after a generation of feminist writing which tried, with varying degrees of success, to bring the feminine body into writing, to write the feminine proximately or directly, sometimes without even the hint of a preposition or marker of linguistic distance between the writing and the written. It may be only a question of learning how to read those troubled translations, but some of us nevertheless found ourselves returning to pillage the Logos for its useful remains."

- Bodies that Matter, ix