Judith Butler explained with cats...
February 26, 2014 2:25 AM   Subscribe

These are pretty good, but each one seems like issue one in an ongoing series. There's a lot more Foucault and Butler to go around.
posted by putzface_dickman at 3:29 AM on February 26

I'd like to see "Foucault explained to increasingly annoyed Marxists."
posted by putzface_dickman at 3:31 AM on February 26 [5 favorites]

I've long preferred the misreading of Butler to what she actually meant, cat or no cats.
posted by Thing at 3:41 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]

Fun. But images 4 and 5 should be reversed in the Foucault bit. Prohibition and regulation come after the "explosion", otherwise how would you know there's something to prohibit and regulate?

(Or, well, they are interlinked and mutually influencing in various ways, but you can't put that into a linear sequence of silly pictures.)
posted by Pyrogenesis at 4:32 AM on February 26

This is the most tumblr thing I've ever seen off of tumblr.
posted by dinty_moore at 4:44 AM on February 26 [3 favorites]

Oh wait, no, that would be the internet cat privilege checklist.

(this is awesome)
posted by dinty_moore at 4:47 AM on February 26 [5 favorites]

Well, it all makes perfect sense now.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 4:52 AM on February 26

It's not really explaining with cats, more so than explaining to cats, isn't it?
posted by MartinWisse at 5:33 AM on February 26 [3 favorites]

It's the inverse of catsplaining.
posted by oceanjesse at 5:44 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]

It's better than catplaning, the illegal and inhumane practice of artificially smoothing a cat.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:53 AM on February 26

Hey, there's a cat in my Foucault explanation.
posted by Segundus at 6:18 AM on February 26

I want "All Your Base Are Belong to Janet Halley" now.
posted by Navelgazer at 6:22 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]

I now understand Foucault less than I did, and I hate hipsters more.
posted by Mezentian at 6:34 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]

This (the Foucault strip) brings up something that just has never made a lick of sense to me. In frame 7 (seven) why would anyone ever wear those weird glasses that are black along the top and ears but transparent along the lower edge? Is there a undercurrent of cultural personal appearance masochism that has an inner need for the single eyebrow look? No really, why would anyone wear one of those, let alone have one on for a photograph?
posted by sammyo at 6:59 AM on February 26

sammyo: Semi-rimless glasses exist for those among us with strong prescriptions and big noses who do not want to look like we are wearing those fake Groucho Marx doo-dads.
posted by northernish at 7:31 AM on February 26 [3 favorites]

The #17 cat is me in grad school.
posted by bibliowench at 7:44 AM on February 26

I don't understand what she's saying at all. Cats must be smarter than me :'-(
posted by Too-Ticky at 7:58 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]

Nah, it's just that as excerpted, what Butler is saying are just so many meaningless mouth noises.
posted by MartinWisse at 8:08 AM on February 26

Species is performative. I continue to hope for a coalition of cat-human chimeras that will transcend the simple categories of taxonomy...that will counter and dissipate the violence imposed by restrictive either-cat-or-human norms.
posted by univac at 9:26 AM on February 26 [3 favorites]

Autostraddle offers Judith Butler 101 if your cat still doesn't get it.
posted by Corinth at 5:44 PM on February 26 [2 favorites]

Speaking of Butler: Conflict and Culture at New York's Jewish Museum
posted by homunculus at 9:41 PM on February 26

Whoa, Corinth, that's good stuff. Helps a lot.
posted by Too-Ticky at 5:42 AM on February 27

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