Monday, September 14, 2009

The Antichrist Glass Ceiling

We can't tell you how often we receive comments like this one:

The black and angry one is not the antichrist.

instead, it is President barack Obama.

Or this one:

The Rev. Jerry Falwell says the Antichrist is probably alive today and is a male Jew.

Everyone is sure convinced that the Antichrist couldn't possibly be a woman--but why not? We've already explained it once, but we'll explain it again; there is no reason that the Antichrist should have to be male. As Judith Butler writes, "There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender; ... identity is performatively constituted by the very 'expressions' that are said to be its results" (Gender Trouble 25). We know who the Antichrist is--she is woman, hear her roar!

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