By Thomas Strychacz
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In order to pursue my interest in theorizing Butler’s work in the context of masculinity studies (and to anticipate my later argument about modernism), I want now to interweave Butler’s radical analysis of gender-as-performance with a concept drawn from Bertolt Brecht’s repertoire of dramatic innovations: the social gest. Brecht’s neologism implies both gist and gesture. ”19 However, Brecht argued, “Not all gests are social gests”: “The attitude of chasing away a fly is not yet a social gest, though the attitude of chasing away a dog may be one, for instance if it comes to represent a badly dressed man’s continual battle against watchdogs.
Once more we face a conundrum. Given the way in which discourses of authentic manhood have been used to push some men toward the margins, it makes sense for Boone to be wary of the category of authenticity. Yet it would still seem possible for some men to claim a more authentic, or more “authentic,” or more “authentic” voice and status. Perhaps it is unfair to cavil: the essay in its irresolution deliberately defers questions such as the ones above. Boone sets out to be provocative and confessedly utopian, not prescriptive.
In this light, choosing irresolution can be validated on numerous political grounds. Since men under conditions of patriarchy are accorded a privilege denied women, it has always been too easy for men to resolve issues in their favor. Professionalized fields of inquiry are no exception, as witnessed by the extraordinary efforts of second-wave feminists to crack male-dominated hierarchies and institutions. So Boone’s efforts to think through an interpretive strategy framed within a gendered and asymmetrical distribution of power in academic institutions is both timely and important, forcing as it does the question: “how can you trust groups of men not to repeat the old order” (24)?