Taylor Alesana: a case study deconstructing identity, tragedy and transgenderism through social media

Lambert, Emma (2016) Taylor Alesana: a case study deconstructing identity, tragedy and transgenderism through social media. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Increasing numbers of Transgender youth are committing suicide as a result of anti-trans cyberbullying and offline violence. This dissertation will focus on one of them: Taylor Alesana, who began her transition to female at the age of 14. Alesana used social media to establish and experiment with her visual feminine identity which enabled her to further understand her offline, cultural identity. Technological developments and access to social media can be blamed for the rise of cyberbullying in contemporary culture, the effect that this is having on the Transgender community will be discussed throughout this dissertation. The idea that social media can be used as a tool for mourning and the ability to transform a personal profile into a public shrine after their death has altered how we deal with loss and the behaviours that traditionally follow the death of a public LGBT figure such as Taylor Alesana.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 14:43
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 14:43
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22662

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