On Trans Dignity, Deadnaming, and Misgendering: What Queer Theory Rhetorics might Teach Us about Sensitivity, Pedagogy, and Rhetoricity

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This presentation argues that queer theory is often used rhetorically as a “will to truth” that privileges theoretical knowledge over lived experiences and frames queer and trans youth as overly sensitive, recalcitrant in their identity politics, ungrateful to their queer elders, and ultimately regressive in their gender and sexuality politics. In addition to arguing that deadnaming and misgendering students constitutes harassment, participants will learn about renewing the need for empiricism in queer theory and turn toward understanding sensitivity and vulnerability as that which makes pedagogy (and rhetoric) possible.

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Presented at the 2019 Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit held in Lubbock, Texas, March 22-24, 2019.
Queer Theory, Transgender, Pedagogy, Harassment