- Max Wedding
- Portland, OR
- United States
Is true gender-neutrality/genderlessness possible?
I organize an annual drag dance at my college called Crystal Ball, wherein 1,000 people show up (we hope) in some form of drag or gender-bending outfit to dance for a couple of hours. Considering we're a school of only 1,350 students, it's pretty safe to say that this is one of campus' favorite events. Inevitably, however, many of the outfits worn to the event only prove to reinforce gender norms, and even if the outfits are "legitimate drag", the gender norms snap right back into place the day after the dance.
Regardless, the event always bring up pleeeenty of questions, both specific to the college as well as general to society. One of the most interesting to me is, "Can the concept gender ever be truly broken?" I know it's a very Judith Butler question, but it pops up every year and I'm curious to know what other people think about it.
PS, I'm not a huge fan of the Blakley talk, but it's one of the few pertinent ones out there that I'm aware of.