By Ivan E. Coyote, Rae Spoon

Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon are complete, award-winning writers, musicians and performers; also they are either admitted 'gender failures.' of their first collaborative e-book, Ivan and Rae discover and disclose their failed makes an attempt at becoming into the gender binary, and the way eventually our expectancies and assumptions round conventional gender roles fail us all. in keeping with their acclaimed 2012 dwell convey that toured around the usa and in Europe, Gender Failure is a poignant selection of essays, lyrics and photographs documenting Ivan and Rae's own trips.

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Sym bolic reproduction activities, he claims, are unlike material reproduction activities in that they cannot be turned over to specialized, system -integrated institutions set apart from the lifeworld. '9 It follows that w om en s unpaid childrearing work could not be incorporated into the (official) econom ic system w ithout “ patho­ logical” results. A t the same time, Habermas also holds that it is a mark o f societal rationalization that system -integrated institutions be differ­ entiated to handle material reproduction functions.

T h is w o u ld be a fairly straightforw ard enterprise w ere it not for on e thing. A p a rt from a b r ie f discussion o f fem in ism as a “ n ew social m o v e m e n t” (a discussion I shall con sid er anon), H ab erm as says v irtu ­ ally n o th in g ab ou t gen d er in The Theory o f Communicative Action. G iv e n m y v ie w o f C ritic a l T h e o ry , this is a serious deficiency. B u t it n eed n ot stand in the w ay o f the sort o f in q u iry I am proposing. It o n ly necessitates that on e read the w o rk from the standpoint o f an absence; that on e extrap olate from things H ab erm as does say to things he does n ot; that on e recon stru ct h o w various matters o f c o n c e rn to fem inists w o u ld appear from his perspective had they b een them atized.

B u t these are capacities that are con n ected w ith m asculinity in m ale-d o m in ated classical capitalism . T h e y are capacities that are in m yriad ways d en ied to w o m en and deem ed at odds w ith fem ininity. I have already cited studies about the effects o f m ale dom inance and fem ale subordination on the dynam ics o f dialogue. N o w consider that even today in m ost ju risd ictio n s there is no such thing as m arital rape. T h a t is, a w ife is legally subject to her husband; she is not an indi­ vidu al w h o can give o r w ith h o ld consent to his dem ands for sexual access.

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