The Instability of “Woman”: Gender, Race and the Theory of Performativity In the introduction to her book Gender, Identity and Place, Linda McDowell presents the provocative question that, if the social category “woman” is no longer stable, how is it possible to make claims or arguments on behalf of “woman” or “women”? As this paper will reveal, this question lies at the core of contemporary feminist discussion with regard to the problematic of gender identity, and in particular how diverse cultural constructions of gender impact our understanding of “woman” and the shaping of a politics of equity to challenge systemic sexism. To address this question, this paper will employ the theoretical lens of “performativity” as posited by Judith...The end:
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