The Importance Of Drag Queens

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In society, there is a gender norm that is accepted. These gender norms are based on the different expectations that individuals, groups and societies have of individual based on their sex, values and beliefs. Thus, these values give individuals the cues about what type of behavior is accepted to be appropriate for any given sex. Gender role is a concept “that humans create socially, through their interactions with another and their environment, yet it relies heavily upon biological differences between males and females” (Blackstone, 2003). These gender norms does not only put pressure on male and female to act a certain way based on their sex but it also disregard the idea of a man or woman acting like their counterparts. Society manifested …show more content…
A drag is a man impersonating a woman for the purpose of entertainment or finding self-identity. Rupp & Taylor (2003) suggest that “….drag can serve as a catalyst for changing values, ideas, and identities in twenty-first-century society” (p.6). Even though society believes that the men who participate as Drag queens are a disgrace to society, these men endlessly continues to use it as a creative way of self-expression and finding their identity. Drag queen can be found across the country entertaining at alternative clubs and gay venues. Often times, their boldness is seen as a threat in society which can potentially bring harm upon themselves by experiencing discrimination and abuse. Nonetheless, they do not allow such act to deter their ability to entertain and being a contributing member in society. Drag queens challenges the notation that gender performances is assigned to a specific sex by showing that it is merely misconceptions. Gender is something that can be actively achieved but it requires time and effort to produce. Many people view the shows as strictly entertainment, while dismissing the message conveyed, though often political through …show more content…
They do this in a variety of ways, sometimes commenting directing on sexuality and gender, somethings challenging their apparent femaleness with their actual maleness, sometimes arousing erotic responses that do not fit into the categories of heterosexuality or homosexuality, thus confusing or exploding those categories. (Rupp & Taylor, p. 124, 2003). One of the reasons that some people are attracted to the show is because man can play the role of a

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