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Recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Master's Thesis Award - First Place.

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Abstract

Recent trends in gender scholarship point to an increased research focus on transidentified persons. However, the majority of it revolves around the experiences of transpersons as individuals while ignoring the influence that transitioning has on intimacy in personal relationships. Furthermore, while previous research on FtM transpersons tends to emphasize the benefits that transmen receive from transitioning, the current study focuses on some of its negative implications. Through ten semi-structured, in-depth interviews, this research explores the experiences of four transmen and six partners of transmen who were involved in a romantic relationship during the transition process. My findings indicate that transitioning leads to a variety of consequences for both parties. While this process allows transmen to acquire the physical appearance and social status that they have long desired, it also leads to negative consequences such as losing one's queer visibility and for partners, losing their once physically and emotionally feminine partners. Transmen also find that "passing" as heterosexual men leads to obvious shifts in one's social interactions, including the presumed gendered meaning of those interactions. Interestingly, although respondents indicate that their experiences have led to more open and fluid understandings of gender and sexuality, their responses point to the heavy influence of heteronormative ideologies within the larger transgender community. This research project has the potential to contribute to the existing gender scholarship in that the experiences of the transgender community sheds new light on the intersections of gender and sexuality as well as the highly gendered organization of social life.

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

First Advisor

Marybeth C. Stalp, Chair, Thesis Committee

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Date Original

5-2011

Object Description

1 PDF file (viii, 156 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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