Date of Award

1-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Alejandro Ceron

Keywords

digital anthropology, LGBTQ, Memes, minority stress, resilience, Transgender

Abstract

This work identifies transgender oriented image memes as a dataset that reflects transgender lived experience, minority stress, and resilience. In this analysis of transgender memes, four themes were identified: Community, Bodies, Transgender Experience, and The Broken System of Gender. Memes about bodies dealt not only with medical transition, but discussed the distinction between euphoria and dysphoria, as well as cisgender expectations of transgender bodies and bodily narratives. Memes about community included depictions and acts of validation, discussions of reclamations of power, and the queering of media to form senses of community representation. Transgender experience memes discussed the ways being transgender tints otherwise common experiences, such as interfacing with family, or coming into oneâ??s identity. Finally, the ways gender, as a social system, limit people and reinforce harmful hegemonic tendencies are discussed. Importantly, these memes demonstrated each element of minority stress, as well as resilience against such stressors.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Ashley Lorraine Blewitt-Golsch

File size

186 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

LGBTQ studies, Cultural anthropology

Share

COinS