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Title:

Clothes and Identity. The Importance of Clothing for Transgender People

Creator:

Kujawska-Kot, Anna

Subject and Keywords:

outfit functions ; gender identity ; transsexual people ; egodocuments ; outfit palimpsestication

Abstract:

The article takes up the issue of the importance of clothing for transgender people (focusing on transsexual people) during the transition process and after gender correction. The subject of the research are experience descriptions of transsexual women and men contained in egodocuments. The theory of Janet Verner Gunn’s autobiography, for whom the key categories are: life and synecdoche, was applied to the study of transsexual authors’ texts. The emotions expressed by the use of clothing allowing the externalization of the psychological gender were analyzed and interpreted. Attention was paid to the clothing worn every day, which informs how the heroes of autobiographical relations cope with looking in the social mirror: from the shyness expressed by androgynous clothing, through flashy outfit (resulting from the oppressive normalization), to finding a way to express themselves. The everyday wardrobe is an important element in the manifestation of identity consistent with the perceived sex for transsexual characters.

Place of publishing:

Wrocław

Publisher:

Instytut Socjologii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

Contributor:

Banaszak, Ewa. Red.

Resource Type:

journal

Identifier:

ISSN 2657-3679

DOI:

10.34616/fs.18.1.29.53

Source:

Fabrica Societatis. No. 1/2018, 29-53

Language:

pol ; eng

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Licence:

Rules of usage of Digital Library of Wroclaw University

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Rights holder:

© Copyright by Anna Kujawska-Kot