Date of Award

5-10-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Tiffany King

Second Advisor

Dr. Juliana Kubala

Third Advisor

Dr. Sandra Dwyer

Abstract

For Black women, recognizing, accessing, and exercising their ability to disrupt hegemonic categories of normativity is an important project. A combination of misogyny/sexism and racism relegates all Black women in America to an intersecting space of multiple marginalizations, and Black masculine lesbians ultimately occupy a space in the intersection of no less than four different oppressions: race, gender, sexuality, and gender nonconformity. This project examines, through narrative inquiry – primarily the poetic of storytelling – the ways that Black masculine lesbians, due to their particular positionality, experience an alternative, Otherly ontological existence. It also investigates the ways in which Black masculine women navigate, and ultimately transgress and subvert white heteropatriarchal standards of masculinity while concurrently creating an alternative space of performance within which they navigate/resist violence and access personal power.

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