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Gender Futurity, Intersectional Autoethnography Embodied Theorizing from the Margins

Edited By Amber L. Johnson, Benny LeMaster Copyright 2020
    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    282 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Gender Futurity, Intersectional Autoethnography showcases a collection of narrative and autoethnographic research that unpacks the complexity of gender at its intersections, i.e. by ability, race, sexuality, religion, beauty, geography, spatiality, community, performance, politics, socio-economic status, education, and many other markers of difference.

    The book focuses on gender as it is lived, chaperoned, and chaperones other social identity categories. It tells stories that reveal problematic gender binaries, promising gender futures, and everything in between—they ask us to rethink what we assume to be true, real, and normal about gender identity and expression. Each essay, written by both gender variant and cisgender scholars, explores cultural phenomena that create space for us to re-imagine, re-think, and create new ways of being.

    This book will be useful for undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional degree students, particularly in the fields of gender studies, qualitative methods, and communication theory.


    Introduction: Gender Futurity, Intersectional Autoethnography

    Section I: Existence as Disruption

    are you boy or girl? J. Nyla McNeill

    Disrupting Compulsory Performances: Snapshots and Stories of Masculinity, Disability and Parenthood in Cultural Currents of Daily Life Julie A Scott

    On Possibility: Queer Relationality and Coalition-Building in the University Classroom Shadee Abdi and Anthony Cuomo

    Dancing at the Intersections: Heteronormativity, Gender Normativity and Fatness in the Adult Dance Studio Miranda Olzman

    Are We Queer Yet?: Queerness on the Horizon in Academia Bernadette Marie Calafell and Shinsuke Eguchi

    Black. Queer. Fly. Kai Green

    Section II: Identity Negotiation and Internal Struggles

    I was the first to tie my laces. Nora J. Klein

    Dancing with My Gender Struggle: Attempts at Storying Queer Worldmaking Greg Hummel

    Beauty in the Intersections: Reflections on Quiet Suffering Amber Johnson

    Your memories and masculinities’ mantras Meggie Mapes

    Lone Star Feminist: Storming through Autoethnographic Performance Written and Performed by: Andrea Baldwin

    Dysphoria/Y’all Know What I Mean? J. Nyla McNeill

    Section III: The Erotic as a Site for Normative Disruption

    Untitled Graham Bowers

    If Rigor is Our Dream: Theorizing Black Trans*masculine Futures through Ancestral Erotics Daniel B. Coleman

    In Defense of the Tranny Chaser Billy Huff

    Gender Fucked: Stories on Love and Lust or How We Released Expectation and Found Ourselves in Trans Sexual Relation Benny LeMaster & S. Donald Bellamy

    Untitled 1 Danny Shultz

    Untitled 2 Danny Shultz

    Section IV: Queering History, Imagining Futures

    Black Girl Memory Kai M. Green

    The Burgundy Coat Craig Gingrich-Philbrook

    A present, past, future negotiation of queer femme identity Kathryn Hobson

    Narrative Embodiment of Latinx Queer Futurity: Pause for Dramatic Affect Shane T. Moreman

    Pulse Amber Johnson

    Writing a Hard and Passing Rain: Auto-theory, Autoethnography, and Queer Futures Stacy Holman Jones

    Pay It No Mind by Vin Olefer

    Gender Futurity: A Plea for Pleasure


    Amber L. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Communication and Social Justice at Saint Louis University and founder of The Justice Fleet, a mobile social justice museum fostering healing through art, dialogue, and play.

    Benny LeMaster is Assistant Professor of Critical/Cultural Communication Studies and Performance in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. They spend most of their time in queer and trans community laughing, making art, performing, and cooking and eating, all while loving and being loved.