Full Title of Thesis or Dissertation
Department/Program Conferring Degree
Women's & Gender Studies
fat studies, gender identity and expression, queer studies, discourse and counterdiscourse, embodiment
Dominant discourses about fat bodies construct the fat body as undesirable, a failed thin body, and immoral. Similarly, the culture of the United States constructs the queer body in very particular ways. This thesis explores how normative discourses and ideas about fatness and queerness come together to impact fat queer people's experience with their gender expression. A thematic and discourse analysis of fat queer people's personal narratives shows that fat queer people are impacted by how others view their gender, that finding community can create space for new imaginings of their bodies, and that for some, the most liberatory thing to do is to reject all categorization.
Mulder, Gabriella Ann, "Navigating the fat queer body: the impact of cultural discourses on identity construction and belonging" (2021). College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations. 309.