paul lewis Boston College Attaining Masculinity Charles Brockden of the 1790s When the constructed status of gender is theorized as radically independent of sex, gender itself becomes a free-floating artifice, with the consequence that man and masculine might just as easily signify a female body as a male one, and woman and feminine a male body as easily as a female one. --Judith Butler, Gender Trouble, 1999 I delighted to assume the male dress, to acquire skill at the sword, and dexterity in every boisterous exercise. The timidity that commonly attends women, gradually vanished. I felt as if imbued with a soul that was a stranger to the sexual distinction. --From Martinette's narrative in Brown's Ormond, 1799 As a legion of fans understood, the final (200203) season of Joss Whedon's ``Buffy, the Vampire Slayer'' underscored its eponymous character's contribution to both popular horror and teen culture by showing that real women can both fight and win. Locked in combat with a disembodied evil called the First, Buffy and an expanding band of potential slayers triumph over ultramasculine uber-vamps and a minister whose physical power is driven by his misogynist loathing. The season finale literalizes Buffy's metaphoric representation of
Early American Literature – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Feb 17, 2005
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