Event Title

And if You Don't Know, Now You Know: Dress in Queer Female Communities at Colby

Presenter Information

Anne Vetter, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 223

Start Date

30-4-2015 3:12 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:55 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

In my research this semester, I want to explore the question, How do queer-identified women and feminine-of-center (FOC) individuals use dress as a way to navigate and signal their sexual identities on Colbys Campus? I use the term queer to cover broadly the identities lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, et. cetera. I use the term FOC to mean individuals who identify with femininity but do not fully define themselves as being female, such as gender queer individuals. I first became interested in this topic because of my own sexual identity- I am queer/bisexual, but am consistently viewed by both queer and hetero communities as straight. It is often confusing to have such an important part of my identity erased. I wondered how other women/FOCs on campus dealt with similar issues- was there a way of dressing queer on campus? Are there signals we send each other without even realizing it? This campus is perfect for studying a queer female/FOC community- it is small enough that I can tackle it in 3 months, yet large and diverse enough that I will have plenty of material.

Faculty Sponsor

Winifred Tate

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Anthropology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1573

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Apr 30th, 3:12 PM Apr 30th, 3:55 PM

And if You Don't Know, Now You Know: Dress in Queer Female Communities at Colby

Diamond 223

In my research this semester, I want to explore the question, How do queer-identified women and feminine-of-center (FOC) individuals use dress as a way to navigate and signal their sexual identities on Colbys Campus? I use the term queer to cover broadly the identities lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, et. cetera. I use the term FOC to mean individuals who identify with femininity but do not fully define themselves as being female, such as gender queer individuals. I first became interested in this topic because of my own sexual identity- I am queer/bisexual, but am consistently viewed by both queer and hetero communities as straight. It is often confusing to have such an important part of my identity erased. I wondered how other women/FOCs on campus dealt with similar issues- was there a way of dressing queer on campus? Are there signals we send each other without even realizing it? This campus is perfect for studying a queer female/FOC community- it is small enough that I can tackle it in 3 months, yet large and diverse enough that I will have plenty of material.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/219