Gender Equality includes gender not being a costume in the same way ethnicity is not a costume – especially when the ones for women tend to the slatternly; and in the case of drag, toxic femininity rather than empowered
Gay Men, rejected from the heterosexual men’s club – the club that so excludes women that it has only been in recent centuries have women played women in theatre, and later radio, television and movies.
Heterosexual women eventually being legally citizens enough to vote across the western nations, with eventual access to post secondary education for professions, which eventually was the purpose of university rather than husband hunting.
from the early Suffragettes, many of whom where “spinsters” and frequently roommates. eh. to the 1970s, when equal pay for equal work and abortion resulted in more equality for some in some western nations
when The Personal is Political
in 2021, I read a group chat on a social media site
between a young queerling fan of the RuPaul Drag show
an older gay man expressed his discomfort with the having been slured by heteromen as being a woman
the younger queerling had dismissed my comment that drag was problematic and assured me that my opinion was respected,
I pointed out that I had not stated it. which I did the next day and repost here:
given women did not used to be allowed to perform, most of theatre has been drag – which is the core of the problem.
drag queens are toxic femininity , while drag king is a male celebration.. and then there is the drag/trans debate like bi being a phase and bi vs pan.
i think it is time to say gender is not a costume and not performative.
The older gay man:
Interesting. I was about to ask what you thought of drag king performances, but you already answered it. Wow most of theatre… You’re right. I had never made that connection.
and then me:
women have been excluded from the public square, education and professions.
the last thing we need is Dustin Hoffman in a dress telling us to be more like hetero men, who are the historic problem in every culture for hetero women and lgbtq2
The Tootsie Problem
i understand from a google search that drag now also includes furries and plants to non humanoid.