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Full-Text Articles in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

Book Review: 'Shakespeare And Gender In Practice' By Terri Power, Kate Busselle Feb 2019

Book Review: 'Shakespeare And Gender In Practice' By Terri Power, Kate Busselle

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

Shakespeare and Gender in Practice, the third volume in the Shakespeare {in} Practice series, is a theoretical and practical exploration of gender performance through Shakespeare’s works on stage. This volume implements intersectional feminist and queer theories, historical documentation, interviews, and workshop exercises to demonstrate the depth of Shakespearean gender performance. Power’s goal for this volume is to offer new ideas of gender performance using an intersectional feminist framework while simultaneously deconstructing preconceived notions of traditional Shakespearean performance. Power also sheds new light on possibilities of casting Shakespearean work and provides inspiration for feminist scholars, directors, students, and working ...


Deviants Performing Deviance: A Participant/Observer Case For Bdsm As Performance, Justine Roxanne Leiser Jan 2019

Deviants Performing Deviance: A Participant/Observer Case For Bdsm As Performance, Justine Roxanne Leiser

Theatre and Dance Graduate Theses & Dissertations

BDSM practitioners work outside the margins of heteronormative, dominant, socially constructed behaviors and ways of being to enact performances that disrupt and queer the formulations of temporal logics enforced outside this counterpublic. In this participant/observer based research, I will identify and define the characteristics that position BDSM practice as performance in several contexts, including “In sex,” “In ritual,” and “In play,” and offer these assertions as platforms upon which a utopian-like queer temporal liminality can be further explored and formulated in these performances.


“Call Out Rapists. Stop Protecting Abusers:” An Ethnography Of Communication Approach To Calling-Out Perpetrators Of Sexual Violence In Diy/Punk Communities, Ellie Busch Jan 2019

“Call Out Rapists. Stop Protecting Abusers:” An Ethnography Of Communication Approach To Calling-Out Perpetrators Of Sexual Violence In Diy/Punk Communities, Ellie Busch

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Recent online movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have not only brought sexual violence into mainstream conversations, it has also illuminated the accompanying practice of “calling-out abusers” as a significant way for understanding alternative approaches to accountability for perpetrators of sexual violence. DIY/punk communities in particular serve as unique sites for studying this practice, having been engaged in this practice long before it reached mainstream popularity. Drawing on theories and methodologies from the ethnography of communication tradition, I will describe and explicate the communicative practice of “calling-out” perpetrators of sexual violence within DIY/punk communities through the SPEAKING framework and ...


The Future Of Theatre Is Trans An Exploration Of Transgender Identities In Diasporic Communities Through Performance Writing, Ayla Lecochran, Ayla Xuan Chi Le Sullivan Jan 2019

The Future Of Theatre Is Trans An Exploration Of Transgender Identities In Diasporic Communities Through Performance Writing, Ayla Lecochran, Ayla Xuan Chi Le Sullivan

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The purpose of this thesis is to explore how performance writing about transgender identities in theatre expands upon histories within the Vietnamese and Black American communities, with regards to cultural practises and assimilation into the United States. With a synthesis of autobiographical experiences and queer theory, I will self produce an original play exploring the nature of intersectional identities across race, gender, and citizenship.

Last Stop is an original full length play that will highlight a cast of only people of colour and especially, a cast of majority Asian Americans. As a transgender Vietnamese and Black American undergraduate, I seek ...


Communicating Organizational And Transgender Intersectional Identities: An Ethnography Of A Transgender Outreach Center, Elizabeth K. Eger Jan 2018

Communicating Organizational And Transgender Intersectional Identities: An Ethnography Of A Transgender Outreach Center, Elizabeth K. Eger

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examined the communicative construction of identity by members of a transgender outreach organization. It focused on how members’ communication created and modified organizational identities in relationship to participants’ individual identities. Through my three-year ethnography of and volunteering with the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (TGRC), I conducted 415 hours of participant observation, 64 hours of semi-structured interviews (n=36), document analysis, and over nine hours of creative focus groups (n=5) of one of the only transgender-centered organizations in the United States. I investigated how TGRC members negotiated the significance of relevant individual and organizational identities, their ...


Becoming "The Man I Want To Be": Transgender Masculinity, Embodiment, And Sexuality, Morgan M.H. Seamont Jan 2018

Becoming "The Man I Want To Be": Transgender Masculinity, Embodiment, And Sexuality, Morgan M.H. Seamont

Anthropology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation argues that transgender men have a different positionality than cisgender men. Being raised as a girl, socialized as a woman, and then transitioning to a visible man can allow trans men to develop masculinities that do not fall into heteronormative hegemonic norms. Trans men bring the politics, social values, and experience of sexism into their identities creating different types of masculinities that cannot be encompassed by normative categories. Based on the ethnographic evidence gathered in this project, such men are identifying themselves as trans men, rather than solely as men. A model was developed from the data that ...


Always Gay, Never Queer: An Analysis Of Will & Grace’S Strategy For Mainstream Success, Bethany Keupp Jan 2018

Always Gay, Never Queer: An Analysis Of Will & Grace’S Strategy For Mainstream Success, Bethany Keupp

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This paper explores the context in which Will & Grace aired and why it was successful. Through investigating the types of LGBT+ representation of the time, I discovered and important distinction between shows with LGBT+ characters and those containing queer content—the latter of which was all but completely kept from mainstream television. This also allowed an exploration of tropes which made LGBT+ characters acceptable or successful on this platform. An in-depth examination into the sitcom Ellen’s failure revealed just how much the featuring of LGBT+ characters in lead roles could ruin a show’s chances at mainstream success. However ...


Words That Wound: Lgbtq Playwrights Respond To Bullying And Teen Suicide, Kevin Christopher Crowe Jan 2017

Words That Wound: Lgbtq Playwrights Respond To Bullying And Teen Suicide, Kevin Christopher Crowe

Theatre and Dance Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This research looks at how playwrights within a specific and unique community use theatre to address challenges faced by that community to bring about positive change. Specifically, this investigation focuses on the American LGBTQ community, who have historically demonstrated a high level of success in using theatre to bring public awareness to specific issues, such as homophobia and AIDS, and how playwrights within that community are currently dealing with the ongoing crisis of teen suicide and bullying, particularly in light of a string of LGBTQ bullying-related suicides in September 2010. It asks the questions: is bullying becoming a common theme ...


Psychopathology In Sexual Minority Individuals: Prevalence, Treatment Utilization, And Association With Relationship Quality, Angela Li Jan 2017

Psychopathology In Sexual Minority Individuals: Prevalence, Treatment Utilization, And Association With Relationship Quality, Angela Li

Psychology and Neuroscience Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Overall, this study was designed to explore differences in the prevalence of and service utilization for mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders between lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) and heterosexual individuals, as well as to examine the association between romantic relationship quality and psychopathology among LGB individuals. For Study 1, we compared the prevalence of meeting DSM-IV criteria for a mood, anxiety, substance use, comorbid, and any disorder between LGB and heterosexual individuals using data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R; N = 6,404). We found that compared to heterosexual individuals, there was a higher prevalence of mood, anxiety ...


Drag And Female Impersonation In Japan And The United States, Noah B. Mcallister Jan 2017

Drag And Female Impersonation In Japan And The United States, Noah B. Mcallister

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this thesis, I provide a descriptive analysis of the similarities and differences that are unique to the concept of drag and female impersonation in the Japan and the United States. This comparison between Japan and the United States is meant to allow for one to potentially gain a better understanding, and respect, for the similarities and differences and the ways that different social, cultural, and political influences shape the contemporary evolution in both countries.


Rather Dead Than Gay: Complicating Rights-Based Activism As A Final Step For Lgbtt+ Brazilians, Brooke Long Jan 2017

Rather Dead Than Gay: Complicating Rights-Based Activism As A Final Step For Lgbtt+ Brazilians, Brooke Long

Undergraduate Honors Theses

After the Brazilian dictatorship was toppled, activists exerted a tremendous amount of effort to create a constitution to support human rights. LGBT activists since then have worked toward increasingly inclusive legislation that applied to the many and multiple expressions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and travesti ways of life. Brazil has a strong reputation as a "gay tourist" destination, and a place with the largest LGBT+ Pride Parades in the world. Paradoxically, in the last few years especially, LGBTT+ homicides have risen at an alarming rate. Many activists are calling for the implementation of hate crime legislation along with other ...


Performance: An Approach To Strengthening Interdisciplinarity In Women's Studies And Gender Studies, Ann M. Shanahan, Prudence A. Moylan, Betsy Jones Hemenway, Bren Ortega Murphy, Jacqueline Long, Susan Grossman, Hector Garcia, Mary Dominiak Oct 2016

Performance: An Approach To Strengthening Interdisciplinarity In Women's Studies And Gender Studies, Ann M. Shanahan, Prudence A. Moylan, Betsy Jones Hemenway, Bren Ortega Murphy, Jacqueline Long, Susan Grossman, Hector Garcia, Mary Dominiak

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

Abstract

Issues of transition are always difficult and transforming founding assumptions to suit changing conditions can be a challenge for Women’s Studies and Gender Studies programs in the corporate university environment. This essay explains how performance of Fefu and Her Friends by Marie Irene Fornes in a mansion on campus led faculty participants in History, Classics, Modern Languages, Theatre, Communication, Social Work, and Nursing to re-vision their professional lives and the institutional status of the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies program through a new appreciation for interdisciplinarity, derived from using performance as research. Each of eight faculty reflect ...


Engineering Genders: A Spatial Analysis Of Engineering, Gender, And Learning, Joanna R. Weidler-Lewis Jan 2016

Engineering Genders: A Spatial Analysis Of Engineering, Gender, And Learning, Joanna R. Weidler-Lewis

School of Education Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This three article dissertation is an investigation into the ontology of learning insofar as learning is a process of becoming. In each article I explore the general questions of who is learning, in what ways, and with what consequences. The context for this research is undergraduate engineering education with particular attention to the construction of gender in this context. The first article is an examination of the organization of freshman engineering design. The second article draws on Lefebvre’s spatial triad as both a theory and method for studying learning. The third article is an interview study of LGBTQA students ...


Documenting Transition, Transforming Gender: The Worldmaking Work Of Trans Men On Youtube, Ace Jordan Eckstein Jan 2016

Documenting Transition, Transforming Gender: The Worldmaking Work Of Trans Men On Youtube, Ace Jordan Eckstein

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Through analyzing videos from five trans men’s YouTube transition channels, this thesis amplifies the voices of trans men, arguing that trans men on YouTube engage in a project of queer worldmaking. Each chapter traces one mode of queer worldmaking. First, documentation of transition via YouTube constitutes a complex temporality where past, present, and future intertwine to disrupt a normative, teleological understanding of transition. Second, the counterpublic nature of the transmasculine YouTube community allows for the constitution of alternative gender norms, which in turn allow for trans men to be intelligible through, rather than despite of, their transness. Finally, the ...


Botswana’S Public Health Crisis: The Hiv/Aids Epidemic
: A Case Study Of Botswana And Uganda, Gabrielle Onessimo Jan 2016

Botswana’S Public Health Crisis: The Hiv/Aids Epidemic
: A Case Study Of Botswana And Uganda, Gabrielle Onessimo

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this paper, I aim to answer the question: why are HIV rates in Botswana so high? The HIV epidemic in Botswana is a public health crisis that has dramatically affected the people of Botswana. Through comparative analysis with Uganda, a sub-Saharan African success story in terms of HIV, I argue that cultural and economic factors are responsible for high HIV rates in Botswana.

Cultural norms such as oppressive gender norms, a lack of knowledge surrounding the HIV virus, and a lack of sex education contribute to why Botswana has been unable to confront this serious epidemic. Uganda has been ...


The Effect Of Fiction On Marginalized And Disenfranchised Peoples, Sayoni W. Nyakoon Jan 2016

The Effect Of Fiction On Marginalized And Disenfranchised Peoples, Sayoni W. Nyakoon

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Fiction is proposed as an answer to how marginalized and disenfranchised people, as well as non-dominant and empowered people, can reach true emancipation and empowerment within a United States context. Works of cinema are discussed in brief while the literary works Giovanni’s Room, Americanah, Dreaming in Cuban and the musical genre of Hip-Hop are discussed at depth for their potential power to emancipate and empower the aforementioned peoples. Literary analysis and critical musical examination are combined with sociological and anthropological research to provide a foundation for the thesis. The limitations of fiction are explored in the same manner, whilst ...


Queer Temporality In The Works Of Sarah Ruhl And Sarah Kane, Justine Roxanne Duda Jan 2015

Queer Temporality In The Works Of Sarah Ruhl And Sarah Kane, Justine Roxanne Duda

Theatre and Dance Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Sarah Kane and Sarah Ruhl have both written bodies of work which are ripe for theoretical interpretation. When reading the works of these playwrights alongside one another, a clear pattern emerges. That pattern reflects the post-modernist, queer identity by showcasing a phenomenon long familiar to queer persons, and recently given the name of ‘queer temporality’ by preeminent queer theorist Jack Halberstam. Using Halberstam’s delineations surrounding queer temporality, I have sought to exhibit these moments in the works of Kane and Ruhl, and to begin a conversation about how and why these moments are being included in contemporary plays in ...


Making Space For Unsanctioned Texts: The Queer Sensibility Of Youth In The Construction Of High School Writing Assignments, Michael Wenk Jan 2015

Making Space For Unsanctioned Texts: The Queer Sensibility Of Youth In The Construction Of High School Writing Assignments, Michael Wenk

School of Education Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Schools consistently prove to be unwelcoming environments for queer students. Queer issues and identities are often marginalized or even erased from curricula, putting queer youth at risk (Nieto, 2011). Utilizing a methodology known as student voice research, the principal investigator of this study formed a Curriculum Design Team where teachers and students collaborated in the construction of writing assignments that offer opportunities to explore queer issues and identities. The team capitalized on teacher expertise and empathy as well as the unique perspectives and experiences, or queer sensibility, of seven members of a high school Gay-Straight Alliance (G.S.A.). Participants ...


The Social Meanings Of Sexual Identity Formation: Identity Management, Experiences Of Homophobia, And Changing Patterns Of Interaction Among College-Aged Gay Men, Zachary Douglas Owens Jan 2015

The Social Meanings Of Sexual Identity Formation: Identity Management, Experiences Of Homophobia, And Changing Patterns Of Interaction Among College-Aged Gay Men, Zachary Douglas Owens

Sociology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

I analyze sexual identity formation and management among college-aged gay men as they navigate their way through a predominantly straight culture. Drawing from 42 in-depth, semi-structured interviews, I show some of the challenges men face managing their sexual identity in both physical and online spaces. First, I analyze how technology, specifically social media, has changed the ways in which gay men come out to others in addition to how gay men manage their sexual identity online. I then investigate ways in which internet technologies have changed patterns of social interaction among young gay men, particularly when it comes to seeking ...


Men Cry: Embodiments Of Masculinity In Western Cinema Circa 1999, Forrest Hamrick Lotterhos Jan 2015

Men Cry: Embodiments Of Masculinity In Western Cinema Circa 1999, Forrest Hamrick Lotterhos

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines two films released in 1999, Fight Club (Fincher 1999) and Boys Don’t Cry (Pierce 1999), through the theoretical framework of queer theory, gender theory, and feminist theory to analyze systemic structures and cultural notions of masculinity. Mainstream cinema depicts gender identity and gender roles to promote bigenderism and maintain patriarchal hierarchy. Rarely films and the characters within them break out of this ideological norm. By depicting masculine identified characters who cry, Fight Club and Boys Don’t Cry expose the characters’ vulnerabilities and flaws and challenge the “perfect masculine ideal.” These films question what it means ...


Tilling The Soil For Lgbtq Inclusive Policies: A Case Study Of One School's Attempt To Bring Policy Into Practice, Bethy Leonardi Jan 2014

Tilling The Soil For Lgbtq Inclusive Policies: A Case Study Of One School's Attempt To Bring Policy Into Practice, Bethy Leonardi

School of Education Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In this three-article dissertation, I attempt to contribute to an understanding of what it might look like to heal the harms caused by heteronormativity in school climates. I first present a theoretical piece, "Toward a Queered Democratic Framework: Moving Theory into Practice," in which, using post-structural and queer theories, my aim is to supplement ideas from participatory democratic theories, and to name and explore what I am calling a Queered Democratic Framework (QDF). Throughout this article, my intention is to establish a line of communication between participatory democratic theories and post-structural and queer theories. I make the case that these ...


Narrating Resistance Through Failure: Queer Temporality And Reevaluations Of Success In Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, Kristina Isabel Mitchell Jan 2013

Narrating Resistance Through Failure: Queer Temporality And Reevaluations Of Success In Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, Kristina Isabel Mitchell

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz introduces a cast of characters. In this paper I will discuss the implications of the particular positionality of the youngest generation of the de León family - Oscar and Lola - and their peer and the book's main narrator, Yunior. These characters have an especially complex relationship with their identities as a result of moving to the United States as adolescents, and must formulate ways to navigate both of these cultures while also contending with their status as subjects situated simultaneously outside of and in-between these societies.
These characters ...


The Reanimation Of A Genre: Controlling Bodies And Queering Traumas In Frankenstein Myths, Adrienne Ruth Caminer Jan 2013

The Reanimation Of A Genre: Controlling Bodies And Queering Traumas In Frankenstein Myths, Adrienne Ruth Caminer

Art History Theses & Dissertations

Mad scientists and their monsters have inspired countless filmmakers since the dawn of cinema. This thesis is an exploration of humanity’s occupation with the border between known and unknown. It will examine that special place at the very limit of human imagination, and the orchestration of various narratives that manage to push that limit. The mad scientist narrative is timeless because it is always open to reanimation; in order to push the limits of human imagination, each story reconceives of and redefines the genre. As an academic work, this thesis hopes to match that liveliness and flexibility. It will ...