Date Approved

2016

Date Posted

4-27-2016

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

English Language and Literature

First Advisor

Eric Acton

Second Advisor

Beverley Goodman

Abstract

In this research, I will analyze the ongoing online discussion about whether or not asexuality "can" or "should" be considered "queer enough" to be included in queer spaces. By combining research based in both discourse analysis and queer theory, this paper offers a unique view not only of asexuality's status in contemporary culture, but also of the way language is used to make statements about who belongs and who doesn't, particularly in online spaces. This work will further explore how ideologies affect the formation of, and discourse between, different groups (van Dijk 2006b: 733-734).

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