Title

From Transnormativity to Self-Authenticity: Shifting Away From a Dysphoria-Centered Approach to Transgender Identity

Author ORCID Identifier

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4488-3189

Degree Year

2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Advisor(s)

Greggor Mattson

Committee Member(s)

KJ Cerankowski
Patrick O'Connor

Keywords

Transgender, Trans, Nonbinary, Medicalization, Dysphoria, Euphoria, Self-authenticity, Transnormativity

Abstract

"Transnormativity" is a social ideology concerning the validity and perceived "realness" of transgender individuals and identities. In this thesis, I investigate current transgender issues through the lens of transgender medicalization and its resulting sociocultural impacts, prioritizing trans identities and individuals that surpass binary categorizations. Under transnormativity, nonbinary gender identity is continually made invisible and unintelligible in both popular and trans discourse, however, nonbinary users of social media find creative means to express their authentic sense of self nonetheless. The resulting implications of such work to socially, culturally, and psychologically resist and deconstruct transnormativity.

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