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Students enrolled in English and linguistics and applied linguistics programs defend their work, in partial fulfillment of their degrees, for fall 2019 graduation.
10:00 am Kimberly Koerth, writing, rhetorics and literacies
Title: The Power and Potency of Trans Inclusion in Menstrual Zines
Committee Chair:Maureen Goggin
My applied project examines menstrual zines (short pamphlets or self-published magazines) that actively include the perspectives of transgender and nonbinary menstruators in addition to the traditional audience of cisgender women. I utilize archival research as well as feminist theory to document the conventions of this genre and speak to the possible impacts that inclusive language can have. Along the way I consider what the purpose of these texts are and what arguments they make about which bodies are visible as menstruating bodies and who has access to information about this natural biological process. I argue that because menstrual zines constitute an alternative site of knowledge production and dissemination, those that actively include transgender and nonbinary viewpoints convey a broader range of information to a broader range of people.