“An ethical query emerges in light of such an analysis: how might we encounter the difference that calls our grids of intelligibility into question without trying to foreclose the challenge that the difference delivers? What might it mean to learn to live in the anxiety of that challenge, to feel the surety of one’s epistemological and ontological anchor go, but to be willing, in the name of the human, to allow the human to become something other than what it is traditionally assumed to be? This means that we must learn to live and to embrace the destruction and rearticulation of the human in the name of a more capacious and, finally, less violent world, not knowing in advance what precise form our humanness does and will take. It means we must be open to its permutations, in the name of nonviolence. As Adriana Cavarero points out, paraphrasing Arendt, the question we pose to the Other is simple and unanswerable: “who are you?” The violent response is the one that does not ask, and does not seek to know. It wants to shore up what it knows, to expunge what threatens it with not-knowing, what forces it to reconsider the presuppositions of its world, their contingency, their malleability. The nonviolent response lives with its unknowingness about the Other in the face of the Other, since sustaining the bond that the question opens is finally more valuable than knowing in advance what holds us in common, as if we already have all the resources we need to know what defines the human, what its future life might be.” ― Judith Butler, Undoing Gender




“I think now that you’ve performed it, you should forget it completely. Act as if you’re reading it for the first time. Forget you’ve rehearsed it. Read it out any old way.”

“Okay. I’ll give it a try. “It was constructed. It was perverse. There was no one. Man had withdrawn, leaving traces of his deeds. There was nothing, nothing at all. We were lost, happy to desire nothing again.”

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“She demands authenticity, of herself and others” – Jean Luc Godard in Masculin’ Feminin’

Photo Credit: WideEyedLegless

11 thoughts on “Masculin Féminin / The Look”

    1. I agree, I think Judith Butler and Jean Luc Godard create such an intrinsically peculiar and yet satisfying atmosphere to this post. x

    1. I always try to create a symbiotic relationship between the two! Thank you for the kind words. x

  1. So, so sooooo in love with this look.

    I’m trying to give my wardrobe a little more of a masculine look and it definitely makes me feel more confident!

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