Media & Communication Studies
This project is a study of nonbinary identity and the ways in which nonbinary individuals find validation from nonbinary communities, cisgender friends and family members, and themselves. It advances a theory of “microaffirmations,” or small acts that can have a large, positive impact on nonbinary individuals, with a significant focus on humor, language, and other forms of communication. Research for this project was conducted through a series of personal interviews with friends and families, as well as analyzing the author’s own experiences as a nonbinary individual. These interviews and experiences are filtered through lenses of feminist theory, trans theory, and phenomenology, as well as scientific studies of gender and trans identity.
Pitcher, Haunt, "Goblin: Microaffirmations, a Theory of Communication" (2019). Media and Communication Studies Honors Papers. 9.
A podcast episode corresponding to the first chapter of the project
Podcast Episode 2.mp3 (30604 kB)
A podcast episode corresponding to the second chapter of the project
Episode 3.mp3 (29875 kB)
A podcast episode corresponding to the third chapter of the project
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication Commons, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Commons, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Commons