Judith Butler’s cover girl

An ambiguous child on the cover of “Gender Trouble” helped launch the ‘gender revolution’

Jonathan Poletti
Sex Stories
Published in
5 min readApr 6, 2024

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A book of feminist theory in 1990 argued that ‘gender’ was only a performance. The text was a lot of academic jargon, but a cover photo seemed to make it all make sense.

That’s how readers have read Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble for three decades: as a hazy set of teachings about gender and…

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