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SouwaLyn
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Recently my gay friend decided he wanted to explore the world of drag. I think it's an awesome idea. I believe that being a Drag queen can be a beautiful art form. So that led me to the question what do other people think of Drag queens? I don't mind if you say you don't like it. I want to hear all opinions. [Smile] [Wink]
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Saffron Raymie
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I love any kind of gender transgression, and as gender is a spectrum, it looks really natural and freeing. Are there Drag Kings? There must be...

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eryn_smiles
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quote:
Originally posted by RaeRay2112:
Are there Drag Kings? There must be...

I find Drag Kings incredibly hot [Smile] .

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quote:
Originally posted by RaeRay2112:
I love any kind of gender transgression

Me too. Drag queens and kings are great.
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Ste-Funnie
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Are you kidding? I watch RuPaul's Drag Race! When I'm older, I want to have my own show of reverse drag, where women look like men. I always wanted to see a drag show! If i were a boy, I'd be a drag queen!

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Drag Kings are a very real and vibrant part of the community. Check out Kings of the Hill and All The Kings Men for two well known groups!

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Saffron Raymie
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Kings of the Hill! Love that!

[ 04-19-2011, 03:46 PM: Message edited by: RaeRay2112 ]

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Several times I've been around good-looking female acquaintances without appreciating their looks on anything but an aesthetic level, and then found that when they put on a boy's shirt, for example, they are suddenly really hot to me. So yeah, drag kings are hot. Probably plenty of people have the same reaction to drag queens.
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Heather
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Oddly enough, the older I get the more I realize that despite identifying as a woman and (probably, never had a test done, but it's pretty safe to assume), being XX, that doing things like wearing makeup and dresses and such feels like drag for me.

Now, I like drag-as-performance. I do find it transgressive as well as a whole lot of fun, so there's that. I've done a lot of photography of drag kings and queens, and it's always been a hoot.

But coming to that awareness was something I wish I'd come to a lot earlier because times I was pushed to be high-femme -- by family, by culture -- always really bothered me and felt very suffocating, and if I'd gotten the message that it could simply BE drag, be a costume, be like performance and having fun, rather than having to be something that felt or was presumed to be authentic, I would have felt a lot more positive about it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Heather:
... doing things like wearing makeup and dresses and such feels like drag for me... times I was pushed to be high-femme -- by family, by culture -- always really bothered me and felt very suffocating, and if I'd gotten the message that it could simply BE drag, be a costume, be like performance and having fun, rather than having to be something that felt or was presumed to be authentic, I would have felt a lot more positive about it.

My sentiments exactly.
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Coffee_and_Chocolate
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I personally, like exploring the world of drag kinging...I don't know what my friends think of it though. Most of them would freak out about it most likely...

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I'm a little uncomfortable around drag, and I've been trying to figure out why. I feel like there's a difference between drag and cross-dressing. I cross-dress quite often, and I don't like it when people describe it as a drag (or worse, assume I'm doing a Rocky Horror reference. I never got that).

I think drag/cross-dressing are awesome and hot and so on, but a few times I've been invited to things described as "drag shows", and I haven't gone - I really don't want to. I feel like seeing something I do IRL put up on stage, as constituting entertainment, is very othering, and I don't know if it's my own internal issue, but I feel like the word "drag" (and, for that matter, the word "cross-dressing") reinforces traditional gender expectations.

I don't know, am I crazy? The Rocky Horror thing is a good example - it really annoys me if someone brings it up (I try not to vent that at people, but still). No, I'm not doing Rocky Horror - for that matter, I'm not doing drag, or cross-dressing. It's not about dressing in opposition to something more normal, it's about wearing what I want to for a night.

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tigerlily18
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I absolutely love drag, but some of my friends have a problem with is because it seems in reinforce gender binaries (which is following what some have posted here, as well). The way that I see drag, more so with Drag Queens, is that it's solely for entertainment. Some Queens dress so extravagantly (big feather boas, 6-inch platform shoes), that many people understand that it is solely for entertainment. With Kings (and I absolutely love Drag Kings), I think it can be a way for people to express an idea of masculinity that they may not feel comfortable showing in "real" life.

The biggest thing about Drag that I love is the confidence that the Queens and Kings have. I'm dating a girl that's performed as a King, and there's such a huge difference with how comfortable she is up on a stage in front of a ton of people in Drag, or dressed in her everyday clothes. I know some people that can spend hours in Drag and seem like the most confident people I've ever met, but once they get out of costume they're very shy.

I do wish that people wouldn't mistake crossdressing for Drag. They are different things.

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