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Gender and Art Criticism

Words: 1366 Length: 5 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 31337657

Should Gender be Interpreted?
Kate Bornstein asserts that gender is nothing more than a line in the sand drawn by someone who says, “On this side you are a man, on that side you are a woman.” Kate being a transsexual says that the line needs to be blown away. The person who drew it is making arbitrary claims. However, if we think of gender as a work of art, one could argue that, since all art is open to interpretation, gender can certainly be interpreted as well. Susan Sontag, who writes on the interpretation of art, states that “the project of interpretation is largely reactionary, stifling. Like the fumes of the automobile and of heavy industry which befoul the urban atmosphere, the effusion of interpretations of art today poisons our sensibilities” (7). The fact is that people are programmed to interpret—they are interpreting everything, from what others say to…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Bornstein, Kate. Gender Outlaw. Digital file.

Sontag, Susan. “Against Interpretation.” Against Interpretation and Other Essays. Anchor Books, 1990.