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Antonia Baehr

"Reading Judith Butler, or about Judith Butler... that gender was something constructed. That was quite a shock for my generation. It’s different now but when I grew up this wasn’t a concept at all. It wasn’t imaginable at all. I grew up in the south of France, and it was just a fact that I would be this fat, long-haired girl that everybody disliked and had a strange body. That was a fact, that was not to be changed, that was how it was. And then, to conceive the possibility that this might be actually a construction, and that I can change that, which is also a privilege, I must say… That was revolutionary. And I know that for many queer people in my generation it has been like this."

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