Tag Archives: Judith Butler

Someone buy Carrie Bradshaw the Communist Manifesto

important note: i actually really liked the SATC book. much darker than the movie or tv show.

Ada, those SATC girls should totally go read some Judith Butler, and perhaps some Karl Marx. I mean, I like shoes as much as anyone–I used to work at fashion magazines!–but the movie is really a perfect example of what happens when feminism meets rampant capitalism.

And you are right, I feel like my life was filled with SATC types sometime in the early 2000s. I remember sitting in my office at Conde Nast with a publicist who was going to St. Barthes with her boyfriend for a long weekend. She told me that she had packed 12 bikinis—3 for each day—then leaned over my desk and half-whispered, “This better be the weekend he proposes.”

Continue reading

Advertisements

7 Comments

Filed under Kara

judy! the judith butler zine

ada, i could not agree more with your assessment that 90swomen are strategic–sometimes in smarter ways, sometimes not. i also want to introduce you to “judy!” the 1992 zine about judith butler. according to barnard’s online zine library (put together by very cool zine librarian jenna freedman):

“Judy is a Judith Butler fanzine from 1992. The existence of a Judith Butler fanzine alone is enough to crack up anyone involved in women’s studies and zines. Dr. Butler’s response to the zine, made by a college undergrad, is documented in the zine and in Lingua Franca. There are also quizzes, letters, photos and paper dolls.”

A-MA-ZING. there is nothing more to say.

6 Comments

Filed under Kara

Stealth vs. Copping Out

Judith Butler's kind of hot, right? And is it just me, or are she and Billy Bragg separated at birth?

First of all, Kara, I still crack up every time I think of you slipping the author of Gender Trouble into Teen Vogue.

I didn’t know very much about Judith Butler, so (thanks, internet!) I just watched this sort of great documentary about her.

In it, she says of her childhood: “I didn’t think of myself as smart. I thought of myself as strategic.”

And I think that’s what 90s women are: strategic, sometimes in a smart way and sometimes in a dumb one.

Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under Ada

why 90swomanhood is all about stealth feminism and secret messages

Remember in the 90s when it seemed like everyone could live a super boho life in Austin (which you did!) or Olympia, making zines and going to shows and working part-time at coffee shops?

Well, most 90swomen can’t afford to live the Slacker lifestyle now; they realized, eventually, that they needed higher-paying jobs. And they also realized that writing “slut” across their stomach like they did as students wouldn’t really work in an office environment; more likely they would have to deal with a boss like (a very nice) one of mine who said “I’m scared of you right now” when I told him I was a feminist.

But that doesn’t mean we gave up our politics.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Kara