Gender Theory and Semiological Theory
The relation of gender theory and linguistic theory is
made clear by Judith Butler's work. She
denaturalizes gender categories by proposing that they are performative.
She employs the concept she terms 'ambivalence', which is directly
related to Derrida's term differance.
Postmodern linguistic theory, which theorizes the collapse of distinctions between self and other, and copy and original, fits right into gender theorists who would like to denaturalize compulsory heterosexuality, gender roles and the masculine-feminine binary.