What Are Men Made Of: An Inquiry into Trans and FTM Masculinities

What Are Men Made Of: An Inquiry into Trans and FTM Masculinities

Jeff Lloyd

Language: English

Pages: 183

ISBN: 2:00143821

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

My primary interest in this research is studying how masculinity is constructedin an
individual. I decided that for this research project I wanted to interview FTM, butch,
genderqueer, male, and masculine individuals. I chose to use qualitative research
methods for this project. I conducted tape-recorded interviews with six of the nine
participants. The participants shared their life histories with me focusing specifically on
their gender identity development. I used integrative feminisms informed by queer theory
and psychoanalysis to analyze and interpret the information that the participants provided
me. I found the participants had a number of useful insights about gender embodiment
and discrimination based on gender identity.

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considered the tested and established set of facts about any people, place, or thing. Smith's statement suggests knowledge is subject to change and that it should not be viewed as something static or unquestionable. Smith asks researchers to assume a more challenging position to the work they are doing and to the information they are thinking through. In Smith's model, the researcher is a product of the knowledge they have acquired, knows their experiences alone, and tries to understand what

became very feminine and there's a base of comfort there that I know. Gender itself is a traumatic and ambivalent experience that has unexpected affects on one's identity. In Gender As Soft Assembly: Tomboy's Stories (2005) psychoanalytic writer, Adrienne Harris discusses being a tomboy and studies tomboys' narratives. Harris states that tomboys occupy an ambivalent and contradictory position where they are a gender outlaw and a gender conformist at the same time (2005:132). The participants

even, though she received a kidney transplant from her own brother, my uncle. Her body rejected the kidney and they, the surgeons had to take it out again and she survived another 1,2, 3 years after the kidney transplant surgery. She died before my 15th birthday so I see my mother in me in terms of the struggle to not give up. I've been having anxiety and depression for a long period, not been recognizing it. Because I've been with a mother who believes if there is a problem you deal with it. You

Iris Young's argument about the "throwing like a girl" phenomenon because if you are told and believe your body is incapable of an act you will not develop the bodily-kinesthetic skill needed to perform the task. Another important point is that Theta resists the pressure to be a feminine female because while it is currently popular it does not feel right for him. Theta confounds any of the gender/sex/sexual categories available but will adapt and assume them when he needs to. 144 FTM/Trans

extension class and sexuality. In the White supremacist ideology of America Black men are violent, unintelligent, lazy, and hypersexual. Similarly, Black women are frequently regarded and depicted as sexually promiscuous, essentially maternal, or very loud and extremely critical of others .The White controlled media perpetuates these beliefs in television series, news reports, and films. African-American men are continually represented as entertainers and specific types of athletes but seldom

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