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Published on Jun 12, 2017
This video abstract summarizes my most recent publication in the journal Symbolic Interaction, entitled Doing Gender Beyond the Binary: a virtual ethnography. This article advances the “doing gender” framework by highlighting some unique interactive challenges that non-binary individuals encounter within the binary gender system. In order to access testimony about these experiences from a large group of people, this study turns to a genderqueer community on the social media site Reddit. Discourse analysis of discussion threads and content analysis of selfies reveal various symbolic mechanisms through which non-binary people do, redo, and undo gender. These findings illuminate a range of strategies that people utilize to negotiate gender attribution within the gender binary system.