Jaelyn Taylor recounts their personal relationship with fantasy that started in childhood through mythology and cartoons. They discuss fantasy and imagination as ways of self-expression, empowering control, and allowing BIPOC pleasure and joy. In their worldbuilding, Jaelyn addresses building community, gender presentations, and societal stigmas around relationships and sex. They imagine themselves as an air-centered lightning figure, who can create whatever they want as they imagine, in a world structured by the four elements and collaboration between folks. Jaelyn also talks about imagination as a sociopolitical act and the political education series, “Imagining Davidson,” that they co-organized. Finally, Jaelyn describes the way that they enjoy loving and being loved.
(Interview conducted on April 9th, 2021)
Imagination, fantasy, mythology, literature, pop culture, gender presentation, worldbuilding, community building, BIPOC pleasure, radical politics, “Imagining Davidson,” love, sexuality, sex
- 0:00:00 Intro
- 0:00:22 Fantasy in media (mythology and animation)
- 0:05:26 Imagination’s personal significance (as expression and control)
- 0:09:45 Imagining ultimate selves (non-binary presentations, multiplicity, fantasy)
- 0:16:51 Popular culture and imagination
- 0:19:45 BIPOC Pleasure and Joy
- 0:21:50 Fantastical worldbuilding
- 0:25:52 Imagining community and relationships 0:30:25 Imagination’s personal and sociopolitical significance
- 0:44:45 Loving and being loved
- 1:01:41 Concluding thoughts
Jaelyn Taylor (she/they) is from Miami, FL. They are majoring in Digital and Computational Studies and of the class of ‘22 at Davidson College. Jaelyn is a core organizer of the Davidson Community Fund and Imagining Davidson series, as well as part of the Davidson Microaggressions Project, a Bonner Scholar, and Sociology department research assistant.