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.
Table of Contents
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.