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ERIC Number: EJ1160845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1940-7882
Compulsory Heterogenderism: A Collective Case Study
Nicolazzo, Z.
NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, v10 n3 p245-261 2017
Using a collective case study approach, this study explored a phenomenon called "compulsory heterogenderism," a neologism created to explain the ways in which gender identities and sexualities are consistently understood in and through each other. Put another way, although participants' sexualities (e.g., being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer) were distinct from their gender identities as trans*, the way cisgender (non-trans*) individuals made sense of participants' gender was through their sexuality. As a result of compulsory heterogenderism, participants' gender identities often went unrecognized, rendering their trans* identities invisible. Specifically, this collective case study focused on four participants whose gender identities as trans* were erased by others' insistence they were cisgender queer, lesbian, and/or heterosexual women.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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