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"I Wanna Be a Toy": Self-sexualisation in gender-variant Twitter users' biographies

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>27/08/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Language and Sexuality
Issue number2
Volume7
Number of pages32
Pages (from-to)205-236
Publication statusPublished
Early online date27/08/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The paradigmatic transgender woman is often negatively oversexualised, pornographised and fetishised in mainstream conceptualisations and discourses. However, self-sexualisation by transgender individuals is often portrayed as a (sex-)positive social phenomenon. Little research has been conducted that analyses the self-sexualisation strategies of the multiple instantiations of gender-variant identity, including transmasculine and non-binary social actors. This paper uses a corpus-informed socio-cognitive approach to critical discourse studies to identify differences between the self-sexualisation strategies and underpinning cognitive models of different gender-variant user-groups on Twitter. 2,565 users are coded into five categories: (1) transfeminine; (2) transmasculine; (3) transsexual; (4) transvestite; (5) non-binary. Findings show that transvestite- and transsexual-identifying users most closely fit the pornographised and fetishised conceptualisation, whilst non-binary users are the least self-sexualising user-group.

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This article has been accepted for publication in Journal of Language and Sexuality, Volume 7, Issue 2, 2018, pages: 205-236, © 2018 John Benjamins, the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use the material in any form.