“By gender freedom, I do not mean we all get to choose our gender. Rather, we get to make a political claim to live freely and without fear of discrimination and violence against the genders that we are. Many people who were assigned “female” at birth never felt at home with that assignment, and those people (including me) tell all of us something important about the constraints of traditional gender norms for many who fall outside its terms”
- Judith Butler

newstatesman.com/international

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(CW for the linked interview in that the interviewer is “gender critical”... but also recommended if you want to see her getting increasingly frustrated by a thoughtful interviewee who’s having none of it.)

@ghost_bird that interviewer is so hateful. It was satisfying that Butler didn't let her get away with positioning TERF bullshit as mainstream though. And very eloquently, too.

Honestly the interviewer's questions were so slimy. 🤢

@vicorva That’s what the New Statesman’s like these days, I’m afraid. I remember the Twitter fights that started them heading that way, eight or nine years ago :-(

@vicorva Agreed. And it makes me sad to see it so prevalent in British journalism.

@ghost_bird @vicorva My Spouse and a friend or two have called it The New Transphobe for years.

@ghost_bird I spent a while reading that article trying to figure out if the interviewer was just setting up easy targets for Butler to take down, or if she really bought the tired bullshit she was regurgitating, but... no, that interviewer chump was really trying her best, wasn't she?

@elsilnora She really was. The New Statesman hasn’t dealt well with the changing times, to say the least.

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