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One of the things I&rsquo\;ve found about gender and even violence against sexual minorities or gender minorities&mdash\;people whose gender presentat ion doesn&rsquo\;t conform with standard ideals of femininity or masculinit y&mdash\;is that very often it comes down to how people walk\, how they use their hips\, what they do with their body parts\, what they use their mout h for\, what they use their anus for\, or what they allow their anus to be used for. There&rsquo\;s a guy in Maine who I guess he was around eighteen years old\, and he walked with a very distinct swish\, you know\, hips goin g one way or another\, very feminine walk. But one day he was walking to sc hool\, and he was attacked by three of his classmates\, and he was thrown o ver a bridge\, and he was killed. The question that community had to deal w ith\, and indeed the entire media that covered this event\, was &lsquo\;how could it be that somebody&rsquo\;s gait\, that somebody&rsquo\;s style of walking\, could engender the desire to kill that person&rsquo\;? That makes me think about the walk in a different way\; a walk can be a dangerous thi ng. (1)

Mincing\, limp wristed\, light in his loafers: th e dominant culture finds ways to call out physical gestures performing tran sgressively gendered affectations. Effeminate bodies are marked and targete d for a particular violence that emerges from the mutually constituted forc es of misogyny and homophobia&mdash\;a violence toward traits attributed to being a woman compounded with a violence toward nonnormative sexual acts s upposed to follow from these gestures. While it might be that a preconditio n of effeminacy is maleness\, the construction and subsequent deconstructio n of effeminate gestures and the consequential feedback they elicit is work shared across genders.

The exhibition Effeminaries exp lores where gestures in artistic production&mdash\;composed from abstractio ns\, particular materialities\, and quoted fragments of language&mdash\;car ry with them codes of gendered behavior. It tracks such moves through works intoned with flamboyant camp and melodrama\, as well as projects styled af ter reactionary aesthetic movements like post-minimalism&rsquo\;s blousy re sponses to its stern predecessor\, minimalism. Once given physical form\, t hese questions cut across intersecting problems of race\, biologically assi gned sex\, class\, and the autonomy of a discrete subject. Effeminaries is an assemblage of cultural artifacts drawn from iconic female protagonists i n film\, interior decoration and lifestyle brands\, propaganda from liberat ion politics and consumer goods.

Its title is a permutation of the &lsquo\;feminaries\,&rsquo\; t extual social primers that figure in feminist theorist Monique Wittig&rsquo \;s novel Les Gué\;rillè\;res\, published in 1969. While these texts have been instrumental for her fictional female society to construct vocabularies by which to characterize femininity\, the women eventually dec ide &ldquo\;to heap them up in the squares and set fire to them.&rdquo\; (2 ) Effeminaries likewise wonders over the continued utility of accepted gend er formations and shows the clear or subtle threats of violence that always regulate those constructions.

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1. Butler\, Judith\, and Sunaura Taylor. "Judith Butler and Sunaura Taylor on Interdependence." Examined Life: Philosophy in the Streets. Direc ted by Astra Taylor. Zeitgeist Films\, 2010. DVD.
2. Wittig\, Monique . Les Gué\;rillè\;res. Boston: Beacon Press\, 1969. Print\, p. 49.
DTEND:20150124 DTSTAMP:20141128T084514 DTSTART:20141212 GEO:41.8830765;-87.6492422 LOCATION:Western Exhibitions\,845 W Washington Blvd. 2nd Floor \nChicago \ , IL 60607 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Effeminaries\, Cameron Crawford\, Danielle Dean\, Chris Edwards\, G reg Ito\, Kacie Lambert\, Joel Parsons UID:365869 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20150124 DTSTAMP:20141128T084514 DTSTART:20141212 GEO:41.9013087;-87.6827676 LOCATION:Corbett vs. Dempsey\,1120 N. Ashland Ave. 3rd Fl. (above Dusty Gro ove)\nChicago\, IL 60622 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Some\, Lui Shtini UID:365866 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20141212T200000 DTSTAMP:20141128T084514 DTSTART:20141212T170000 GEO:41.9013087;-87.6827676 LOCATION:Corbett vs. Dempsey\,1120 N. Ashland Ave. 3rd Fl. (above Dusty Gro ove)\nChicago\, IL 60622 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Some\, Lui Shtini UID:365867 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20150124 DTSTAMP:20141128T084514 DTSTART:20141212 GEO:41.9013087;-87.6827676 LOCATION:Corbett vs. Dempsey\,1120 N. Ashland Ave. 3rd Fl. (above Dusty Gro ove)\nChicago\, IL 60622 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Floaters & Fins\, 1973 - 1979\, Ed Flood UID:365863 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20141212T200000 DTSTAMP:20141128T084514 DTSTART:20141212T170000 GEO:41.9013087;-87.6827676 LOCATION:Corbett vs. Dempsey\,1120 N. Ashland Ave. 3rd Fl. (above Dusty Gro ove)\nChicago\, IL 60622 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Floaters & Fins\, 1973 - 1979\, Ed Flood UID:365864 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR