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The tendency of feminist film criticism to denaturalize the body, offering in its place semiological explanations of biological truths, is undoubtedly a response to scientific efforts to establish essential differences between men and women, especially regarding things like personality and intelligence.
This does not mean that intervention to "protect" the performer is always patronizing; rather, I'm suggesting that it is important to denaturalize the hermeneutics one is using.
By reiterating the male gaze with a difference in a variety of moves, The Rebel denaturalizes that gaze, revealing it as a contingent construct.
Sabas Aloma brings this issue to life in many of her infamous performative self-stagings, which, as Silvia Molloy argues, make "evident the elusiveness of all constructions of identity, their fundamentally performative nature," in a way that denaturalizes gender and sexuality.
non-national, autographics denaturalize this representational practice
Conversely, in the project of queering childhood, such critics as Cobb and Lesnik-Oberstein tend to denaturalize it out of all existence.
I argue that these texts function, in part, to denaturalize Jewish American national "belonging"--to begin to consider what a different relationship to national culture and identity might look like for American Jews.
If masquerade denaturalizes the iconic image of woman, masking among the novels many "I" s also denaturalizes the unitary subject; the "I" voice flows among the different speakers, making irrelevant the boundaries of unitary subjectivity, deconstructing identity as "natural," constructing it as merely an arbitrary position in the landscape of textual possibilities.
Femininity is gender, and while it can be the site of gender play and thus a way to denaturalize all gender, as Newton and Butler have demonstrated; the self-conscious performance of femininity by men has also been a way to point not only to the absurdities of gender, but it can also be performed in a way to look at women themselves as absurd.
In each case, then, Walkowitz's authors denaturalize cultures, revealing them to be contested social processes that allow for various forms of communal affiliation.
Non-mimetic or non-realist aesthetics are usually ironic and distanced, striving to denaturalize realism and disrupt ideologically problematic identification and empathy.
Clearly there is an interest in broadening the outreach of the campaign to denaturalize violence against women.