An autoethnographic exploration of my sexual identity as seen through interpretative dance
LE3 .A278 2016
Yallop, John Guiney
Master of Education
The following study is an exploration of my own sexual identity using interpretive dance as my method of inquiry. Using a social constructionist theoretical orientation and an arts-based autoethnographic methodology, I have revisited seven key moments in my life and have explored them through the use of interpretive dance. It is through this exploration that I am able to (re)examine these life events so that I may see the connections between what has occurred and how I have come to understand the idea of my gay self. At the heart of this paper, and myself, lies internalized homophobia, which I have taught myself through these life events. This paper is a coming to terms with the power and insidious nature of that internalized homophobia and how it has negatively affected my life. This study is the beginning of dealing with the ramifications of these moments and the start of a new understanding of self and sexual identity.
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