Utopian Drag and Gender Politics

  • Daniel T. Contreras


In a discussion that critically assesses gay male expressive culture (such as camp and melodramatic romance), it should not seem surprising to introduce the question of drag. If queer theory has ascended in contemporary academic theoretical venues as the singular approach to gay/lesbian studies, then drag can be considered central to queer theory itself. Drag embodies many important, conflicted questions about contemporary urban queer identities and gay male identities in particular. In fact, the drag queen can represent a vital fixture in a gay pride parade or a homophobic representation in mass culture. Here are some assumptions about drag that function as queer common sense:


Racial Identity Gender Politics Cultural Text Drag Queen Drag Ball 
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© Daniel T. Contreras 2005

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