The Madness Outside Gender The Madness Outsi:Travels with Don Quixote and Saint Foucault



  • 1. Another possible allusion is to Henri de Saint-Simon (1760-1825), an

    important precursor to socialism whose writings on feminism were

    recognized by a segment of the French women's movement calling themselves

    _les saint-simoniennes_.


    2. Other political commentaries likely to be well-received by Acker's

    admirers include her advocacy of the poor and disenfranchised, her

    scathing portrayals of literary critics who valorize The Great Tradition,

    and her condemnations of crude sexism throughout the text.


    3. In her discussion of _Paris is Burning_ (in _Bodies that Matter_),

    Butler recognizes the drag performances as " "an appropriation that seeks

    to make over the terms of domination, a making over which is itself a kind

    of agency, a power in and as discourse," but seems uninterested that each

    performance achieves its (limited) success in the actual world whether or

    not it does so within the psyches of the drag performers. In this

    discussion she makes no distinction between bringing into the open genders

    and desires that transgress mainstream norms and secretly feeling

    differently than the mainstream.


    4. Halperin provides this translation from an interview with Foucault by

    Jean Le Bitoux et al:. "De lamiti comme mode de vie: Un Entretien avec un

    lecteur quinquagnaire." _Le Gai Pied_ 25 (April 1981); 39, qtd. in

    Halperin 81.


    5. See Arthur Redding for an excellent discussion of the distinctions

    Acker makes elsewhere between the naturalizing approximation of an ideal

    femininity though dieting and the "pointedly artificial masochistic"

    creation of a new self through body-building (289).