IMPORTANT QUOTES/PAGES/IDEAS TO USE WITHIN MY DISSERTATION
"For Beauvior, gender is "constructed", but implied in her formulation is an agent, a cogito, who somehow takes on or appropriates that gender and could, in principle, take on some other gender. Is gender as variable and volitional as Beauvior's account seems to suggest? Can "construction" in such a case be reduced to a form of choice?"
When the relevant culture that constructs gender is understood in terms of such a law or set of laws , then it seems gender is as determined and fixed as it was under the biology-is-destiny formulation. In such a case, not biology, but culture, becomes destiny.
PAGE 43 & 44:
Gender is the repeated stylization of the body, a set of repeated acts within a highly rigid regulatory frame that congeal over time to produce the appearance of substance, of a natural sort of being.
Such acts, gestures, enactments, generally construed, are performative in that the essence or identity that they otherwise purport to express are fabrications manufactured and sustained through corporeal signs and other discursive means. That the gendered body is performative suggests that it has no ontological status apart from the various acts which constitute its reality.
The action of gender requires a performance that is repeated.
The effect of gender is produced through the stylisation of the body and, hence, must be understood as the mundane way in which bodily gestures, movements, and styles of various kinds constitute the illusion of an abiding gendered self.