Thoughts that matter

November 6, 2012


We need to question normative ways of thinking about sex and gender they say.

Maybe just like we are blind to the normative way of thinking about matter. How we have trusted it to be what it is, always ready to be used in which way we please and tell us what we have always been told. Matter having a masculine or a feminine touch is a classic. Why don’t we use stonewalls in a nursery? Wouldn’t the caveman in us like to recognise the stone? How do we feel, what happens to the way we think if suddenly our choice of matter works against us?

What news can matter tell us?

/Hanna Wikström


Judith Butler, ‘Bodies that Matter’, in Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex, London: Routledge, 1993.

Elizabeth Grosz, ‘Feminism, Materialism, and Freedom’, in Diana Coole and Samantha Frost, eds, New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010.


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