Drag queens and kings are performance artists that dress in feminine or masculine clothing that acts, sings and does comedy performances. RuPaul’s Drag Race is a very popular reality game show that drag queens compete for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. “Drag has always served a purpose. We mock identity, were shapeshifters,” Rupaul affirms at its core, it’s a social statement and a big F**K you! to male-dominated culture.” (Davies).
I have watched the show numerous times and I support drag kings and queens because it’s a way of expressing themselves and they can be who you are while inspiring others who want to join that community. I think if someone wants to dress masculine and their a female I don’t see anything wrong with that and vice versa. There are tons of people who participate in these races across the world today.
A study used of a theoretical psychoanalytic framework which is a personality organization and the dynamics of personality development to analyze the life history of a professional drag queen Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. The choice to use “life story” as a data collection and analysis strategy allowed them to illuminate how the subject lives and articulates his story and the choices of work that allows an expression of his desire.
They found three elements which were the looks and clothes that sustained a fantasy that has found a placed in society, the link of some singular identity traits with social dimension of work and the affections that sustain a form of social recognition (Thais Z.G. De Oliveira).
Some people don’t agree with my opinion because I strongly feel that they don’t like the fact of people dressing or acting the ways of the opposite gender. The main reasons why I think they don’t support it is because they think drag can be degrading to women or men which I don’t agree. “We don’t value feminine ideals and in many cases we don’t respect them, so when we see drag queens performing stereotypes that we consider to be about women or men, we either understand and enjoy the exaggeration or we are confronted by the insulting connotations people associate woman with.”
Another example, “There must be a reason women don’t do this to men–turning masculinity into entertainment as a joke, that is. Why is it funny for men to dress up” (Levengood). It’s true that more men do drag than woman but there is still pressure among woman to act and dress a certain way no matter if there dressing like a woman or man.
I think it is a big step and a lot of thought to become a drag queen or king because a lot of people aren’t accepting and they are afraid of being themselves and they are altering their appearance dramatically. If more people are accepting then more and more people will feel comfortable and happy with what they are doing in their lives.
An experimental understanding of drag reveals that the significant rewards from the activity-contextual power and status, self affirmation and empowerment are powerful motivating factors. Instead of being deviant and or partaking in pathological behavior, female impersonators can be seen as operating or an incentive system where the benefits of doing drag positively enrich the quality of the performer’s life in a context where successful queens are held in their highest regards (Hopkins).
Teaching others about drag race whether their family, friends or classmates about this topic will open the doors and it lets them see the outlook on this category. A study showed that female students often found attending a drag show to be a fun experience free of the sexual harassment found in most bars, while male students often contextually experience being a social minority for the first time in their life. From both attending drag shows and or watching recordings of them students have reported gaining an experiential appreciation of the preformed basis of gender sexuality and inequality (Schacht SP).
I believe there should be more adult men and women who attend these kinds of shows whether they are gay, straight, bisexual and so on, it can create an accepting community of all different kinds of sexualities and show younger people it is okay to attend or participate. Teaching teenagers will hopefully create a more accepting atmosphere among non drag kings/queens and drag kings/queens because teens tend to judge and make fun of people.
Teaching children about this topic will make people more angry then happy because some might think that were trying to change their ways and have them thinking it could be fun to alter their appearance when in reality it is to teach them what it is, what they do and why they do it. If we continue to spread positivity and let others do what makes them happy then a lot of these issue wouldn’t occur and people won’t be called names or looked down upon in today’s society which will truly make a difference.
Davies, Wilder, “RuPaul’s Drag Race and What People Get Wrong About the History of Drag”, EBSCOhost, March 2018, p.6-6 1p, http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?vid=2&sid=8fb24123-2a76-4210-b095-bdce29e8594a%40sessionmgr103&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=128520811&db=a9h.
Hopkins J. Steven. “Let the Drag Race Begin”, Taylor & Francis Online, Sept 2008, p 135-149, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J082v46n03_08.
Levengood, Elizabeth. “Is Drag Degrading to Woman?”, Medium, Dec 2017, https://medium.com/@leve0064/is-drag-degrading-to-women-c2eacaa5f065.
Schacht, SP. “Beyond the boundaries of the classroom: teaching about gender and sexuality at a drag show”. Pubmed, 2004, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15132493.
Thais, Z.G. et al, “IDENTIFYING AS A DRAG QUEEN AND THE MEANING OF WORK.”,EBSCOhost, Vol 19, p1-24, 24p, http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?vid=4&sid=8fb24123-2a76-4210-b095-bdce29e8594a%40sessionmgr103&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=135047343&db=a9h.