It’s gender that’s a joke, not queerness

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“Being genderqueer is not about displaying an intellectual image—it’s a matter of life and death. And queer theory is an attempt to understand why and how patriarchal gender norms can enable all this violence, and how we can stop it. […] We have to rethink, and perhaps reject, the notion of gender altogether in order to end gender inequalities. Gender gives us a set of prefabricated choices and styles that can feel convenient sometimes, but for the most part it has a very constricting and damaging effect on our lives by placing us in hierarchies and limiting the choices we can make, and the behaviours we can engage in. Only when we’ve moved beyond masculinity and femininity and invented new modes of human interaction based on equality can gender oppression be overcome.”

Read the full article on Open Democracy.

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