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“Authentically” Effeminate? Bialystok’s Theorization of Authenticity, Gay Male Femmephobia, and Personal Identity

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dc.contributor.author Davies, Adam
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-24T17:20:19Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-24T17:20:19Z
dc.date.created 2019-07-24
dc.date.issued 2019-07-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16562
dc.description Accepted for publication in the spring 2020 issue of the Canadian Journal of Family and Youth en_US
dc.description.abstract Authenticity is a commonly heralded ideal in Western modernist discourses, with a large amount of literature describing individuals’ personal journeys towards self-fulfillment. This paper examines Lauren Bialystok’s (2013) conception of authenticity in sex/gender identity and proposes that effeminate or ‘femme’ gay men make a strong case for fitting within such a conception of authenticity. Effeminate gay men experience significant in-group discrimination within gay men’s communities, with many gay men “defeminizing” (Taywaditep, 2002) themselves upon entering adulthood and mainstream gay communities. Through this exploration of Bialystok’s model for authenticity in gender/sex identity and the identity-based challenges effeminate or ‘femme’ gay men experience, this paper describes why effeminate gay men fit Bialystok’s model, and the ethical dilemmas of theorizing authenticity in personal identity. Providing supportive and positive early environments in school while specifically addressing gender-based discrimination in childhood provides more opportunities for positive identity development and the potential of fulfilling self-authenticity within gender identity for effeminate gay men. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject authenticity en_US
dc.subject personal identity en_US
dc.subject Bialystok en_US
dc.subject metaphysics en_US
dc.subject effeminacy en_US
dc.subject gay men en_US
dc.title “Authentically” Effeminate? Bialystok’s Theorization of Authenticity, Gay Male Femmephobia, and Personal Identity en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
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dcterms.relation Davies, A.W.J. (in press). “Authentically” Effeminate? Bialystok’s Theorization of Authenticity, Gay Male Femmephobia, and Personal Identity. Canadian Journal of Family and Youth/Le Journal Canadien de Famille et de la Jeunesse.


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