Ooh, this is a proper treat. Kathleen Stock turns her surgical focus on Judith Butler's latest bit of obscurantism and finds there's no there there.

I think this review may be of interest to Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster of Triggernometry as it addresses something we glanced against but didn't quite dig down into. How can we talk about reality when influential figures like Butler argue that there is no such thing?

"...Butler, at least in her purer incarnations, thinks there are no meaningful “facts” prior to culturally specific linguistic constructions of them. There are no stable categories: no unified self, no human nature, no shared rationality, no persistent substrata of any kind. The categorization of humans into groups (even by science) is simply a means of creating contingent hierarchies of dominance and subordination. As she writes in her most famous book Gender Trouble (1990), biology is a “medico-legal alliance emerging in nineteenth century Europe [that] has spawned categorial fictions that could not be anticipated in advance”. Famously, of course, she applied this to the categories of male and female. There is no prior material basis; there are just “exclusionary” heteronormative power relations, all the way down."