|Judith Butler comes to Barnard.|
Butler centered the talk around gender, but specifically as it pertains to women of color. Citing prominent figures in the literature surrounding women of color’s gender and sexuality, such as Kimberlé Crenshaw and Sojourner Truth, Butler worked historical, as well as social, analysis into the discussion. Talking about the gendering process that happened during slavery and the ‘double jeopardy’ that women of color face when they are asked to identify if they have been marginalized due to their race OR their gender linked old issues of gender and sexuality to contemporary ones. Butler then lectured about the category of woman as a whole and how the categorization itself sometimes leaves out those who aren’t typically defined as ‘female’ such as trans* people, intersex individuals, as well as those who have disabilities, whether or not they are visible.