Pretty, Witty and Femme: Negotiations of Gender and Sex in Sartorial Representations on Tumblr - and - Smoking Hot Dykes: Smoking Imagery and Lesbian Style on Tumblr

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Date created: 
2013-01-30
Identifier: 
etd7662
Keywords: 
Femme
Queer fashion
Representation
Tumblr
Visibility
Gender
Desire
Abstract: 

1. Pretty, Witty and Femme: Negotiations of Gender and Sex in Sartorial Representations on Tumblr. This paper addresses the primacy of visual representations of queer femme-ininity on the microblogging platform, Tumblr. Three femme styles are analyzed using a qualitative queer and feminist intersectional theoretical framework. The analysis revealed that sartorial expressions of femme-ininity on Tumblr reflect a postmodern approach to conscious gender presentation that re-defines. Sartorial negotiations of femme gender and sexual desire are complex and varied, and visibility as a sole sartorial strategy for subversion is restraining. 2. Smoking Hot Dykes: Smoking Imagery and Lesbian Style on Tumblr. This paper discusses the role of the cigarette as a component to a lesbian sartorial style on the website Tumblr, called pomo dyke style. The investigation examines how the cigarette fashions the pomo dyke in a qualitative analysis of images depicting this style. Findings revealed themes in imagery depicting the pomo dyke style, including melancholy, whiteness, thinness, and class rebellion. Fashionable deviance materializes on the queer who values wilfulness in self-presentation while disregarding factors influencing her privilege.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Copyright remains with the author. The author granted permission for the file to be printed and for the text to be copied and pasted.
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Senior supervisor: 
Mary Lynn Stewart
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Thesis type: 
(Extended Essays) M.A.
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