Catgirlification: Transfeminine Embodiment of Catgirls Online

Than Brown (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

This autoethnographic work looks at the dynamic relationship between transfeminine gender, virtualized zoomorphic identity, and catgirls. Stemming from Japanese pop culture, catgirls are human girls, with the ears of a cat and often other feline traits. Notably, they have become trendy among transfeminine people, many of whom portray catgirls online. This phenomenon demonstrates themes of escapist play, digitally mediated identity, commodification of the body, and zoomorphism. Through catgirl content creation and self-reflection from a nonbinary transfemme perspective, I explore the impact of these queer and posthumanist folkloristic concepts on queer, day-to-day existence.

Part of 05-10 Queer Identities, Marginalized and Centered, Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm