Butler gets convoluted and post-structuralistically existential:
There is no gender identity behind the
expressions of gender; that identity is performatively constituted by
the very “expressions” that are said to be its results.
vi. Language, Power, and the Strategies of Displacement
A great deal of feminist theory and literature has nevertheless as-
sumed that there is a “doer” behind the deed. Without an agent, it is
argued, there can be no agency and hence no potential to initiate a transformation of relations of domination within society.