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.