Research Mentor(s)

Sean Bruna

Description

How do gender roles and expectations affect individuals identifying as asexual? Why do more women and genderqueer people identify as asexual? What about masculine stereotypes dissuades individuals from identifying as asexual? In this study I investigate how the cultural and societal expectations of different genders, both assigned and actualized, affect the perception and performance of an individual’s sexual identity. In particular I examine ideals of prescribed and hegemonic masculinity and femininity and how those ideals are upheld or broken by an asexual identity, and how those holding diverse gender identities feel their gender identity interacts with their asexual orientation.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

17-5-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

17-5-2018 3:00 PM

Department

Anthropology

Keywords

Asexual, gender, anthropology, queer, LGBT

Comments

Outstanding Poster Award Recipient

Rights

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Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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Gender Discrepancy in Asexual Identity:The Effect of Hegemonic Gender Norms on Asexual Identification

How do gender roles and expectations affect individuals identifying as asexual? Why do more women and genderqueer people identify as asexual? What about masculine stereotypes dissuades individuals from identifying as asexual? In this study I investigate how the cultural and societal expectations of different genders, both assigned and actualized, affect the perception and performance of an individual’s sexual identity. In particular I examine ideals of prescribed and hegemonic masculinity and femininity and how those ideals are upheld or broken by an asexual identity, and how those holding diverse gender identities feel their gender identity interacts with their asexual orientation.

 

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