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'Who’s Afraid of Gender?' According to Judith Butler, Nearly Everyone.

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Judith Butler's new book is "Who's Afraid of Gender?" (Stefan Gutermuth)

When Judith Butler wrote the pioneering book “Gender Trouble” in 1990, they introduced us to the nascent field of gender theory. Now, more than three decades later, gender has become a catch-all term and bogeyman for conservative movements around the world. It’s become a lightning rod for social anxieties, Butler argues, about sex, feminism, racial equality and queer existence. In their latest book, Judith Butler asks: “Who’s Afraid of Gender?” And why? We’ll talk with Butler about how gender became such an incendiary buzz word and why we still struggle to find common language around it.


Judith Butler, distinguished professor in the Graduate School Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley


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