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Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer By Riki Anne Wilchins ✐ – Varanus.us A one stop, no nonsense introduction to the core of postmodern theory, particularly its impact on queer and gender studies Nationally known gender activist Riki Wilchins combines straightforward prose A Gender Theory: An Instant PDF \ one stop, no nonsense Gender Theory: PDF/EPUB ½ introduction to the core of postmodern theory, particularly its impact on queer and gender studies Nationally known gender activist Riki Wilchins combines straightforward prose with concrete examples from LGBT and feminist politics, as well as her own life, to guide the reader through the ideas that have forever altered our understanding of bodies, Queer Theory, PDF/EPUB or sex and desire This is that rare postmodern theory book that combines accessibility, passion, personal experience and applied politics, noting at every turn why these ideas matter and how they can affect your daily lifeRiki Wilchins is the founding executive director of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition The author of read My Lips and GenderQueer She was selected by Theory, Gender Theory: ePUB ✓ Time magazine as one ofCivic Innovators for the st Century.

Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer PDF Â
    Have Kindle books noting at every turn why these ideas matter and how they can affect your daily lifeRiki Wilchins is the founding executive director of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition The author of read My Lips and GenderQueer She was selected by Theory, Gender Theory: ePUB ✓ Time magazine as one ofCivic Innovators for the st Century."/>
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  • 208 pages
  • Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer
  • Riki Anne Wilchins
  • English
  • 15 February 2019
  • 1555837980

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    Have Kindle books noting at every turn why these ideas matter and how they can affect your daily lifeRiki Wilchins is the founding executive director of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition The author of read My Lips and GenderQueer She was selected by Theory, Gender Theory: ePUB ✓ Time magazine as one ofCivic Innovators for the st Century."/>
  1. says:

    One of the main criticisms I ve read of this book is that it doesn t go into too much depth and it s only useful as a primer The clue s in the title, folks An Instant Primer.Anyway, a primer into queer theory is what I was after and I found this really interesting and informative Some stuff I already had knowledge about, but it explained some theories a littleto me and I enjoyed the stuff about the intersections of gender and sexuality and how the LGBT community has fragmented and ch One of the main criticisms I ve read of this book is that it doesn t go into too much depth and it s only useful as a primer The clue s in the title, folks An Instant Primer.Anyway, a primer into queer theory is what I was after and I found this really interesting and informative Some stuff I already had knowledge about, but it explained some theories a littleto me and I enjoyed the stuff about the intersections of gender and sexuality and how the LGBT community has fragmented and changed over time I was also super delighted that she spoke about race and the affect that that has on queer theory etc There were a few moments in the middle of the book that I found a bit dull when Wilchins talked a bitin depth about the theories of Foucault , but it didn t take too much for me to get through that and get back into the book.Overall, a good read to start 2018 off with


  2. says:

    thank god i could read this instead of having to read foucault


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    I picked this up mostly as a joke after learning that iced coffee and walking quickly are queer symbols While researching whether or not I was queer for liking iced coffee and wondering if this is what my San Francisco friends meant when they said they were queer, I came across this book, and was surprised to learn that there is a THEORY behind being queer Fascinating After a quick wikipedia job on queer theory that didn t prove to be helpful in the least, I thought I should probably read a I picked this up mostly as a joke after learning that iced coffee and walking quickly are queer symbols While researching whether or not I was queer for liking iced coffee and wondering if this is what my San Francisco friends meant when they said they were queer, I came across this book, and was surprised to learn that there is a THEORY behind being queer Fascinating After a quick wikipedia job on queer theory that didn t prove to be helpful in the least, I thought I should probably read a book on the topic Either it would be informative, or it would be further evidence that the humanities are full of crazy people spouting off on theories that are completely impenetrable win win, really.So I dove in during a long bus ride And I was pleasantly surprised Wilchins makes a good argument that it s stupid to draw strong dichotomies based on sexuality Does it make a man a homosexual if he thinks about kissing another man Not only is this not right, argues Wilchins, it s not even wrong These categories are useful insofar as they help us predict the future, but they are not helpful as _identifiers._I don t remember much else about the book I ran out of steam on it I never intended to abandon it, but I did, and I have no desire to readQueer Theory was significantly less shit than I was expecting it to be I remember being impressed with a few of the arguments while reading it, but damned if I can remember what they are now


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    The first three chapters deal with very brief parsimonious history lessons about the scope of activism that underpinned much of later queer theory and postmodern gender analysis Although useful as a primer to someone trying to enter the subject from the beginning, It s still extremely thin and doesn t give much insight at all that isn t reproduced elsewhere in much better detail It is replete with quite a few questionable statements as well such as In a male centred culture, woman will alway The first three chapters deal with very brief parsimonious history lessons about the scope of activism that underpinned much of later queer theory and postmodern gender analysis Although useful as a primer to someone trying to enter the subject from the beginning, It s still extremely thin and doesn t give much insight at all that isn t reproduced elsewhere in much better detail It is replete with quite a few questionable statements as well such as In a male centred culture, woman will always be the queer sex , which seems to be false since the main critique mentioned briefly is that symbols that we classify stereotypically as male or female are constructed socially and not necessarily fixed products of all woman or men, thus woman are not always the queer sex as such a statement disavows the endless queer difference outside the female gaze Male centered is vague as it certainly doesn t relate to institutional privilege and is predicated on a subtle phallogocentric argument which I believe has problems Chapter 4 begins by fawning over Derrida He was so complex, so profound, so deep, that even philosophers who heard him, men who read Sartre like you and I read Doonesbury, had no idea what he was saying Gifted with a tremendous and insubordinate intellect, Derrida was also unmatched for chutzpah He used this speech to announce the end of modernism Although the book contains a chapter devoted to critiquing postmodern influence on gender studies, there is a lack of critical engagement with moral relativism and it s pernicious desensitization of activism To state that its merely pluralism in allowing other perspectives is euphemistic to say the least and merely changing the demarcations we use doesn t change the underlying point I find fawning over social theorists in a servile way like this is very nonconstructive and unappealing Derrida is never really taken to task for his work here and given free reign Everyone speaks about how corrosive and dead knowledge and intelligence is but relatively few are prepared to speak about the obvious positives of these things and discuss literary criticism that is relational to the text in question, instead of trying to uncover hidden narratives that undermine the very integrity of the text and smash anything it is trying to say We speculate endlessly about how language is unreliable without discussing how reliable it actually is in preserving, communicating with others and in producing wonderful works of literature and indeed philosophy The reason I mention this is because Sedgwick in her reparative reading seemed to convey similar things, a theorist who never makes the pages of this book despite her large contributions to the field Many theorists and critical ideas seem to be minimized or simply ignored I was reading this mainly as an addendum to my own notes going into an examination exploring gender and sexuality, finding that the work was quite scant for this level.Although the book is a good primer, I believe it needed to engage withtheoretical work and disavow the autobiographical context a littleThis seems to be a theme in a lot of books covering queer theory, in that we must be introspective and allow for the author to be personal with us It s a style I am beginning to dislike and get annoyed about especially when I want to learn about the concepts and academic work explored


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    This is a bitof a summary than typical but I think it gets at some of the strengths of the book particularly in the practical application of rather confusing theoretical perspective I love the focus on stories, personal experiences, and constructive asides that Wilkins uses that make this quite readable and enjoyable.Queer Theory, Gender Theory is a colloquial exploration of post modern theory applied to the issues of feminism, gender, and queer theory Wilchins draws on her own experienc This is a bitof a summary than typical but I think it gets at some of the strengths of the book particularly in the practical application of rather confusing theoretical perspective I love the focus on stories, personal experiences, and constructive asides that Wilkins uses that make this quite readable and enjoyable.Queer Theory, Gender Theory is a colloquial exploration of post modern theory applied to the issues of feminism, gender, and queer theory Wilchins draws on her own experiences as a transsexual as well as the stories of friends like intersex spokeswoman Cheryl Chase and the stories that pervade our pop culture like Brandon Teena s, depicted in the award winning movie Boys Don t Cry Starting with a brief but crucial history of the politics of gender, gay, and transsexual rights, Wilchins begins where all good theory hopes to go before it dies politics p 5 In this Wilchins is able to relate these typically obscure theoretical views to the practical ideas of change and political action that try to improve life for the disempowered She also probes into the relationships between sex and gender, noting how one is often advanced at the expense of the other Further, the case of intersex infants ties together a clear picture of the intersections and conflicts between the different factions of gender and sexual orientation groups A true deconstructionist, Wilchins troubles the ideas of using post modernism theory citing its proclivity to apathy, complexity, frustration, lack of solutions, isolationism rather than constructive social engagement p 100 , and universality instead of the individuality of intersectionality After prying into some of the ideas in Judith Butler s seminal text, Gender Trouble, as further tools for investigation of identity, Wilchins concludes with a section on GenderPAC, a gender rights advocacy group, and a plea to Get Involved Because gender rights and human rights, and the time for them is now p 157


  6. says:

    This book was featured at the website of the local LGBT bookstore, for quite some time, so I thought it would be worth checking it out At page 85, somewhere halfway through the book, I felt compelled to put it down It was a chore reading it Lacking passion and not even hinting at humor anywhere, I had the feeling I was listening to an one tone tune, in an ever flat landscape I wasn t into postmodernist theory anyway, and this book didn t any nearly convert me I will probably return to it so This book was featured at the website of the local LGBT bookstore, for quite some time, so I thought it would be worth checking it out At page 85, somewhere halfway through the book, I felt compelled to put it down It was a chore reading it Lacking passion and not even hinting at humor anywhere, I had the feeling I was listening to an one tone tune, in an ever flat landscape I wasn t into postmodernist theory anyway, and this book didn t any nearly convert me I will probably return to it some day, when I feel I have the patience and determination to finish it


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    As much as this was very interesting, I need to put it out there that reading a few theory books one after the other when dealing with the same topic can be too much and can hinder my reading experience, and I guess this is what happened here I m reading these books for pure pleasure and knowledge and I m going through them fast so I can utilize reading them for free from the library before I can t any But my brain is screaming for a lil break This is a short and accessible book about key As much as this was very interesting, I need to put it out there that reading a few theory books one after the other when dealing with the same topic can be too much and can hinder my reading experience, and I guess this is what happened here I m reading these books for pure pleasure and knowledge and I m going through them fast so I can utilize reading them for free from the library before I can t any But my brain is screaming for a lil break This is a short and accessible book about key ideas in gender studies The author breaks down and explains theories that exists and offers her own personal insights and experiences She covers women and gay rights, transgender and intersex rights, explores the ideas of thinkers such as Foucault and Judith Butler, and identity and gender rights Even though this is written in a way to make sure it s easily read, there are some points here and there that still confused me Theories always manage to confuse and mess up with my head a little It s important to note that this book was written in 2004, so a lot of the language, terminologies and the reclamation of certain words are different now in 2019 than they were back then


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    Queer Theory, Feminist Theory is fargeneral than I anticipated While I see value in this book for introducing people tocomplex ideas, for those who are already familiar with these conversations Derrida, Foucault, Butler, trans issues there is not too much to gather from this book Wilchins doesn t complicate these conversations Rather she presents them in a way that resonates in the book s subtitle, an instant primer This book hasn t altered how I see the world, but that has m Queer Theory, Feminist Theory is fargeneral than I anticipated While I see value in this book for introducing people tocomplex ideas, for those who are already familiar with these conversations Derrida, Foucault, Butler, trans issues there is not too much to gather from this book Wilchins doesn t complicate these conversations Rather she presents them in a way that resonates in the book s subtitle, an instant primer This book hasn t altered how I see the world, but that has much to do with my subject position Yet I can easily see this book transforming the way others think about the world


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    Riki Wilchins s Queer Theory, Gender Theory is both a primer in queer theory and a call to action when it comes to gender politics It does a great job of simplifying the theory of postmodernism, with particular focus on Derrida, Foucault Butler I would love to see an updated version of this, as there is always a need for accessible postmodern theory, but the real world aspects of the book are a bit dated Riki Wilchins s Queer Theory, Gender Theory is both a primer in queer theory and a call to action when it comes to gender politics It does a great job of simplifying the theory of postmodernism, with particular focus on Derrida, Foucault Butler I would love to see an updated version of this, as there is always a need for accessible postmodern theory, but the real world aspects of the book are a bit dated


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    This book is an amazing intro to post modernism in relation to queer theory I found so much in this book and it changed the way I look at the world Very intersectional and excellent view points on modern society and the way it was built.

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