A Visit with Susan Stryker
Notes towards Day 12 of
Critical Feminist Studies
--sign in, conferences, papers due on-line t'morrow @ 5
--events: Latina/o Studies/Transgender History/Raka Ray on Feminist Revolution
--reading assignment, Tuesday after break:
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, "La Respuesta/The Response" (1690)
--Wed. evening quarterbacking re: revised syllabus/more tweaking/commentary?
--mid-semester evaluations: what's working? what needs working on??
A VISIT WITH SUSAN STRYKER
Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University.
"I think queer means valuing that which is off-center and against the norm...
being queer means you have some consciousness about norms, and how they are produced--
often through violence and suppression of difference--if you are queer you are aware of where your boundaries are, and when you cross them..and you celebrate your differences and uniqueness."
(en)Gender. Helen Boyd's Journal of Gender & Trans Issues. 2005.
Performing Transgender Rage."
GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 1994. 1(3): 227-254.
The Transgender Studies Reader (2006).
(from "Queer Theory's Evil Twin")
"transgender rage"...is generated by the subject's situation in a field governed by the unstable but indissoluable relationship between language and materiality, a situation in which language organizes and brings into signification matter that simultaneously eludes definitive representation and demands its own perpetual rearticulation in symbolic terms....what lit the fuse to my rage in the hospital delivery room...was the non-consensuality of the baby's gendering....authority seizes upon specific material qualities of the flesh...and reads it to enculturate the body. Gender attribution is compulsory...we choose neither our marks nor the meanings they carry...a gendering violence is the founding condition of human subjectivity....'