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Open Access Thesis


This qualitative research project is an inquiry into understanding how testosterone-bodied (T-bodied) individuals experience testosterone. The term T-bodies is a more inclusive way to describe all individuals who are taking testosterone for the purpose of transition, as not all of those people identify as strictly transgender. This research uses qualitative interviews and storytelling to allow for T-bodied people to tell their stories and allow for better understanding of the bodies undergoing transition. The key result from this study is understanding that while people might finally feel comfortable in their bodies due to the changes testosterone gives them, they also find that they are not able to participate in the same situations in the same way as pre-testosterone. Participants find that because of the hormone masculinizing the body, they are perceived as masculine and therefore are rejected from acting in situations they use to be able to before testosterone.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Communication and Media

First Advisor

Catherine H. Palczewski, Chair

Date Original


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1 PDF file (vii, 126 pages)

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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.



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