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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 ...