“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

(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.)

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@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?

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

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