Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

Subject Area

Anthropology

Description

The subjective quality of identity and the relativistic nature of gender are subjects that continue to bemuse and attract social scientists. In this study I examine gender fluidity – an inconsistent gender identity – within the framework of Western ontology. By analyzing narratives, I note that my informants recognize this gender identity as fluctuating feelings (which I call the feelings of gender) that influence how they perceive and interact with their bodies. Furthermore, I examine other important elements that may have influenced my informants' understanding of their gender identities and bodies: upbringing, previous relationships and interactions, communities, and language.

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May 15th, 9:30 AM May 15th, 10:45 AM

Performing Gender: A Study of Gender Fluidity

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

The subjective quality of identity and the relativistic nature of gender are subjects that continue to bemuse and attract social scientists. In this study I examine gender fluidity – an inconsistent gender identity – within the framework of Western ontology. By analyzing narratives, I note that my informants recognize this gender identity as fluctuating feelings (which I call the feelings of gender) that influence how they perceive and interact with their bodies. Furthermore, I examine other important elements that may have influenced my informants' understanding of their gender identities and bodies: upbringing, previous relationships and interactions, communities, and language.