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By Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst grew up all too conscious of the existing angle of her day: that males have been thought of greater to ladies. whilst she was once simply fourteen she attended her first suffrage assembly, and lower back domestic a proven suffragist. through the process her occupation she persisted humiliation, felony, starvation moves and the repeated frustration of her goals by means of males in strength, yet she rose to develop into a guiding mild of the Suffragette move. this is often the tale, in Pankhurst’s personal phrases, of her fight for equality.

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The refigurations in cultural texts become part of a resistance that Sandoval defines as ‘‘meta-ideologizing,’’ ‘‘the operation of appropriating dominant ideological forms and using them whole in order to trans-form their meanings into a new, imposed, and revolu- 28 A LI E N C O N S T RU C T I ON S tionary concept’’ (Sandoval, ‘‘New Sciences’’ 410). Cultural texts provide the blueprints for the figurations, the reclaiming of metaphors and myths in their function of creating cultural semiotics, which can form the basis for naming progressive politics.

Models of cyborg identities (Donna Haraway) address the effects of specific systems of technology on our cultural and political identities. Feminist theories of subjectivity are challenged and enhanced by queer theory’s emphasis on transgressive sexualities and by the emerging discourse on transgender and genderqueer identities. In all of these theories, the question of the construction of social categories such as gender, class, nationality, sexuality, and race are central. The negotiations of categories of sameness and difference play a crucial role in issues of global power relations, identity politics, and agency.

These conflicting narrative constellations are typical for Butler, who rejects a onedimensional understanding of complicated processes. Butler’s often troubling narrative contradictions derive from her engagement with several discourses: science fiction, black women’s writing, and anticolonial and feminist debates. Through her characters’ negotiations of power and her rewriting of cultural and religious myths, Butler addresses contemporary political issues linked to diaspora and anticolonial movements that are problematized in feminist debates.

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