Within the drag scene there are patterns of hyper-sexualizing of the female form and using this as a source of control and power. While sex appeal is not used by all drag artists, it is a popular tactic used to attract an audience and performers generally feed off the audience’s responses. Sexuality and the performance of sexuality on stage is often policed by audiences who align with heteronormative ideals. Here we examine how sexuality and the female form is used and policed in drag culture.
Rachel Michaels is a drag artist and celebrity impersonator who has been performing for 24 years and is currently performing in Paducah, Kentucky.
Socialization is a lifelong process, but when children are developing socialization is most important. Toys are often used to teach children how to think and what behaviors are appropriate. We use toys as lessons in the gendering process. Clearly, as we walk past a toy section in a store we can notice the gender division of toys based on presentation. The binary limits the types of toys advertised to children based on their gender. Further, toys reinforce the gender binary and gendered roles. Objects doing gender persuade how children do gender. All these photos were taken while I was shopping for gifts for my nieces and nephew. These were just a few of the options I was given.