This series has been created in conjunction with the performance “He” in Austin, TX in April. The performance is a dystopian meditation on patriarchy and toxic masculinity, and whether or not the possibility exists of restructuring masculinity within a feminist, collaborative, decolonized/decolonizing framework.
We're going to talk about gender, y'all. What is it, who has it (is it even something you "have"?), and how is it failing us? Specifically, we'll read about performances of masculinity as both an intro to and a way to GenderFuck the rest of our series.
Texts (optional, but encouraged):
"Boys of the Lex: Transgenderism and Rhetorics of Materiality" (Gayle Salamon) (Give yourselves a minute on this one, folks. It's dense)
"The Drag of Masculinity: An Interview with Jack Halberstam"
"On pronouns" (Jack Halberstam)
Gender Trouble (Judith Butler) - A foundational text for gender studies. Dense AF.
"The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttransexual Manifesto" (Sandy Stone)
Genderqueer and Non-Binary Identities and Terminologies