Anatomy of a Gender: A Micro-Example (Or, An Autotheoretical Disruption of Societal Demands for Trans Legibility)

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Rodomar, Noah Rene




In this thesis, I employ autotheory, critical discourse analysis, and interview-based research to address the question of how, even as trans acceptance grows more common, normative scripts of (trans)gender still limit and marginalize trans people who are additionally queer, gender non-conforming, and/or nonbinary. Centring my lived embodied experiences as a trans gender non-conforming man, I demonstrate that gender can be far more unknowable and incoherent than any single definition of trans experience can hope to describe. In so doing, my thesis contributes to debates within trans studies concerning the legibility of individuals whose gender identities and expressions challenge the rigidity of the binary logic present in cisgenderism and transnormative politics. Furthermore, my making visible some of the struggles that nonbinary and/or gender non-conforming trans people go through to live an authentic life contributes trans politics beyond the academy.


Gender Studies




Carleton University

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Women's and Gender Studies

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