Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. William Donner

Second Advisor

Dr. Salvatore Restifo

Third Advisor

Dr. Rachel Schmitz


Despite recent change of perspectives and an increase of acceptance of gender nonconformity, the concept of gender still remains a controversial topic. Gender continues to be a developing idea and maintains an influential role in many cultural contexts. Examining facets of gender in various settings can perhaps enlighten our comprehension of such and a further understanding of those who express gender nontraditionally. This study examines the concept of gender in a less traditional stance, exploring views of non-conforming gender expression among generations of Mexican Americans and individuals of Mexican origin. Through analysis of survey data on views of gender nonconformity taken by a university student and faculty population identifying as Mexican American or of Mexican origin, I bring light to the influence that generation of the individual and their hold on traditional views have on the concept of gender in a non-binary framework. I find that there is a significance in the individual’s generational status and their views on non-conforming gender expression among a Mexican Americans and individuals of Mexican decent, showing the higher the generational status the less traditional views held of gender.


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