Social and Psychological Aspects

An Intepretive Exploration of Positive Body Image Experiences Among Nonbinary, Gender Fluid, and Genderqueer Individuals

Authors
  • Jennifer Paff Ogle (Colorado State University)
  • Kelly L. Reddy Best (Iowa State University)
  • Jennifer Harmon (University of Wyoming)
  • Kristen Deanne Morris (Colorado State University)
  • Ashlie Johnson
  • Piper Kitterson

Abstract

Positive body image experiences of individuals who identify as nonbinary, gender fluid, and/or genderqueer have received limited exploration. Thus, with the present work, we sought to answer the question, how do nonbinary persons form and maintain a positive body image? To answer this question, we conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 15 nonbinary individuals who were assessed as having a positive body image using the Body Appreciation Scale-2. Interview data were analyzed using reflexive thematic analysis. Six themes emerged as related to on-going processes that explain how body image is formed and maintained among nonbinary persons: reframing negative body image information, staging resistance, experiencing representation, receiving and giving social support, practicing self-compassion and self-care, and using dress to create a satisfying presentation of self. In keeping with the tenets of queer theory, findings reflected the ways in which gender identity set a context for participants' positive body image experiences. 

Keywords: positive body image, nonbinary, gender fluid, genderqueer

How to Cite:

Ogle, J. P., Reddy Best, K. L., Harmon, J., Morris, K. D., Johnson, A. & Kitterson, P., (2024) “An Intepretive Exploration of Positive Body Image Experiences Among Nonbinary, Gender Fluid, and Genderqueer Individuals”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17185

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Published on
21 Jan 2024
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