JOURNAL of the JAPAN RESEARCH ASSOCIATION for TEXTILE END-USES
Online ISSN : 1884-6599
Print ISSN : 0037-2072
ISSN-L : 0037-2072
A Qualitative Analysis of the Non-binary and Genderqueer People’s Clothing Experiences Caused by Various Gender Identities
Watanabe Takayuki
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2022 Volume 63 Issue 1 Pages 35-49

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To examine the clothing experiences of non-binary and genderqueer people (NBGQ, people who have a gender identity that is neither male nor female, both male and female, or not even a concept of sex, and whose gender identity is sometimes fluid), 20 NBGQ were interviewed and qualitatively analyzed. As a result, it became clear that gender dysphoria caused by the various gender identities of NBGQ gives rise to the “oneself they wanted to present through clothing” and that the structure of the clothing experience that begins from this point. The clothing experience differs depending on the acceptance of one’s surroundings. While NBGQ try to hide their innate physical characteristics, MtX (Male to NBGQ) and FtX (Female to NBGQ) differ in their behavior to hide their physical characteristics. It was also found that there were differences in gender identity and gender roles, and that MtX’s dressing behavior showed that they yearned for women, while FtX’s dressing behavior showed that they were running away from women. In addition, 10 female university students with characteristics similar to those of NBGQ were also interviewed to compare the concepts of NBGQ.

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