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The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty: An Embodiment of Postracial Rhetoric

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Mary McCall

Abstract: In 2004, Dove launched its Campaign for Real Beauty (CFRB) to promote a more inclusive understanding of beauty based on confidence. Through examining the CFRB advertisements and their construction of “real beauty,” I argue that Dove adopts a postracial rhetoric that normalizes Whiteness, disregards the material realities of race(ism), eschews diversity, and is performative and embodied. By claiming diversity without also acknowledging the history of racialized depictions of bodies of color, Dove homogenizes the racial and ethnic differences of the models in an essentializing discourse, foregrounds White bodies, and reproduces stereotypical imagery of Black bodies across its ads.

Review of Rhetorical Feminism and This Thing Called Hope

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Stacie Klinowski


Review of Queering Romantic Engagement in the Postal Age: A Rhetorical Education

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Patricia Fancher and Amelia Rodriguez


Review of Women at Work: Rhetorics of Gender and Labor

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Jessica McCrary


Review of Culturally Speaking: The Rhetoric of Voice and Identity in Mediated Culture

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Mavis Boatemaa Beckson


Afterword to Queer Rhetorical Listening

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Krista Ratcliffe


A Fullness of Feeling: Queer Rhetorical Listening and Emotional Receptivity

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Timothy Oleksiak


Excerpts from Terms of Play: Poetics on Consent as Method

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Violet Livingston


Métis and Rhetorically Listening to #BlackLivesMatter

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Storm Christine Pilloff


Queer Kinesthetic Interlistening

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Michael J. Faris


Troubling the Terms of Engagement: Queer Rhetorical Listening as Carceral Interruption

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Rachel Lewis


Bad Listeners

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Johnathan Smilges


Queering Rhetorical Listening: An Introduction to a Cluster Conversation

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Timothy Oleksiak


Foreword to Queer Rhetorical Listening

Peitho Volume 23 Issue 1 Fall 2020

Author(s): Cheryl Glenn


Living and Dying as a Gay Trans Man: Lou Sullivan’s Rhetorical Legacy

Peitho Volume 22 Issue 4 Summer 2020

Author(s): K.J. Rawson

Abstract: Louis G. Sullivan, a groundbreaking trans activist who forged some of the earliest trans peer support networks in the U.S., engaged in a series of videotaped interviews between 1988-1990 with psychiatrist Ira B. Pauly. This brief article offers a rhetorical analysis of selections from those interviews in order to introduce readers to Sullivan’s rhetorical strategies for persuading the “gender profession” that it was possible to be both trans and gay or lesbian.

“There is No Question About This and There Never Has Been for Eight Years”: The Public Reception of Christine Jorgensen

Peitho Volume 22 Issue 4 Summer 2020

Author(s): N. Claire Jackson

Abstract: In the 1950s, Christine Jorgensen became the first American to become widely known for medically transitioning, and she remained famous throughout her life. While previous scholarship has treated Jorgensen’s fame as a general acceptance of her trans womanhood, I contend that her attempts to define and present herself as a woman were continually dismissed by mainstream news outlets throughout her life. Through an analysis of three news articles about Jorgensen, I examine the cissexist rhetorical moves reporters frequently make in order to question the authenticity of her womanhood and consider the rhetorical strategies she used to respond to such questioning and assert her gender identity.

Revisiting Transvestite Sexualities through Anita Bryant in the late 1970s

Peitho Volume 22 Issue 4 Summer 2020

Author(s): Morgan DiCesare

Abstract: This essay considers debates over intra-community norms of trans sexuality in print publications in the late 1970s. I argue that Anita Bryant’s rise made space for trans rhetors to challenge norms of respectable sexuality within transvestite communities. I show that trans rhetors metonymically invoked Anita Bryant towards a goal of supporting gay liberation within and without trans communities. For these rhetors, it was essential to support gay liberation because Bryant posed a threat not only to gay and lesbian people, but to all trans people regardless of sexuality.

Navigating Disclosure in a Critical Trans Pedagogy

Peitho Volume 22 Issue 4 Summer 2020

Author(s): Rusty Bartels

Abstract: This essay approaches a Critical Trans Pedagogy as informed by the author’s embodied experiences of gender from being an undergraduate student to a faculty member. At the heart of the Critical Trans Pedagogy proposed here is the idea of disclosure. As faculty, I argue that it is our job to alleviate the student’s burden of disclosure by working to remove the assumptions we make about the in/visibility of our students’—and our own—in/visible identities, and that a Critical Trans Pedagogy helps us do this by providing tools to question the norms our assumptions are built from.

Out in the Classroom: A Transgender Pedagogical Narrative

Peitho Volume 22 Issue 4 Summer 2020

Author(s): Lee Hibbard

Abstract: This article addresses one instructor’s personal experiences as a transgender writing instructor at a major institution. Questions of disclosure, identity, and pedagogy have required my looking beyond the binary of being ‘in’ or ‘out’ of the closet as an instructor, and interrogating how I must repeatedly come out to new students and groups of people. I draw upon work done by scholars engaged in critical examinations of the interplay of transgender identities and pedagogy (Patterson 2016; Keenan 2017) and share my journey as a transgender instructor from the start of my teaching career to my current engagement with both my gender and my pedagogy. I also go a step further into this process by interrogating how my positionality as a white and male-perceived instructor impacts how my transness and pedagogy remain in conversation with each other as I meet new student populations and come out at the beginning of each semester. This pedagogical coming out narrative provides an example of the complex interplay between identity and pedagogy in the classroom, as well as extrapolate concepts that could be useful to other instructors who seek to interrogate and unpack how their own positionalities, disclosures, and identities intersect with their pedagogies.

Shutting Up: Cis Accountability in Trans Writing Studies Research

Peitho Volume 22 Issue 4 Summer 2020

Author(s): Joshua Barsczewski

Abstract: This paper argues for intentional silence as a form of accountability for cis scholars conducting Trans Writing Studies research. By tracing the publication process of a qualitative research article, I reflect on my own missteps in research design, methods, and interpretation. I use these reflections to suggest cis scholars consider the limits of their own knowledge and reflect on how their desire to be allies can mitigate the voices and needs of trans research study participants.

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