Mirror (as) Stage/Méconnaissance: Performing Gender Outside the Lines

We come to see ourselves differently as we catch sight of our images in the mirror of the machine.

Sherry Turkle, Life on the Screen

The defining and distorting presence of the ‘mirror’ in these incidents is suggestive. Same and different; self and ‘other.’

Marjorie Garber,Vested Interests

However, it also raises the question of how man is supposed to articulate himself in a world where the meaning of these terms have been so dramatically questioned so as to become practically meaningless.

Jean-Paul Martinon, The End of Man

Only another question: is this the real one? In what sense real? What is the ‘truth’ or gender and sexuality that we try, in vain, to see, to see through, when what we are gazing at is the hall of mirrors?

Marjorie Garber, Vested Interests

In other words, the norm of sex takes hold to the extent that it is ‘cited’ as such a norm, but it also derives its power through the citations that it compels.

Judith Butler, Bodies That Matter

What is ‘normative’ about a norm hardly anyone meets? Are we to say the majority of men are unmasculine?

R. W. Connell, Masculinities

‘I’m a man,’ which at most can mean no more than, ‘I’m like the person who, in recognizing him to be a man, I constitute as someone who can recognize me as a man.’

Jacques Lacan, “Aggressiveness in Psychoanalysis”