on the ‘unnatural’

“Male and female should not be conflated with masculinity and femininity. They are discursively produced identities that invest the body, producing certain characteristics that are taken as evidence of a male and female essence and an ineluctable difference between them. The‘naturalness’ of gender is constantly invoked, but masculinity and femininity are disciplines of thebody that require work. For Judith Butler gender is a performance, “an active style of living one’s body in the world” (Butler in Benhabib and Cornell 1987, p.131). For McNay it is an ‘imaginary signification’ of sex . Femininity in particular has been variosly referred to as a myth, a mystique, a masque, an artifice, an achievement . Paradoxically, while femininity is regarded as the most ‘natural’ of the genders (as women are biologically over-determined) it also requires the most artifice to be considered unsuccessful or refuse to take part in it are regarded as ‘unnatural’.whilst those that are unsuccessful or refuse to take part in it are regarded as ‘unnatural’.”GenderNeutral
from “The prisoner of gender: Foucault and the disciplining of the female body” by Angela King