Title

Trans* Narratives in Pop Culture

Presenter

Linnea Valdivia

Abstract

In recent years, trans* representation in pop culture has grown tremendously. From popular shows such as Orange Is the New Black and Transparent to icons such as Laverne Cox, Scott Schofield and Caitlyn Jenner, transgender narratives are enjoying record levels of representation and interest. At the same time, the images of transgender individuals are often highly distorted and driven by a highly transphobic ideology. Rarely presented as fully realized or happy characters, trans* individuals are often portrayed as the butt of jokes, long-suffering victims or moral deviants (murderers, rapists, drug addicts, etc.). I explore the ways in which trans* individuals are exploite iin popular narratives for the “stories” surrounding their gender identity, and how, ultimately, trans* representation in its current form often does more harm than good.

Faculty Sponsor

Melissa Wilcox

Sponsor Department/Programs

Gender Studies

Tracks

Gender Inequities

Location

Reid G02

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Trans* Narratives in Pop Culture

Reid G02

In recent years, trans* representation in pop culture has grown tremendously. From popular shows such as Orange Is the New Black and Transparent to icons such as Laverne Cox, Scott Schofield and Caitlyn Jenner, transgender narratives are enjoying record levels of representation and interest. At the same time, the images of transgender individuals are often highly distorted and driven by a highly transphobic ideology. Rarely presented as fully realized or happy characters, trans* individuals are often portrayed as the butt of jokes, long-suffering victims or moral deviants (murderers, rapists, drug addicts, etc.). I explore the ways in which trans* individuals are exploite iin popular narratives for the “stories” surrounding their gender identity, and how, ultimately, trans* representation in its current form often does more harm than good.