An investigation into the ways in which the art and performance of 'drag' in the United States can be seen to be a political act.
(2014) An investigation into the ways in which the art and performance of 'drag' in the United States can be seen to be a political act., no. 46.
This dissertation investigates the ways in which the art and performance of drag in the United States can be seen to be a political act. Using examples of gender theory from Judith Butler's Gender Trouble (1990) and Bodies That Matter (1993), this study shall explore how the art of drag within the main stream media performs these theories of gender whilst also analysing how it does not. Through exploration of RuPaul's Drag Race, a relatively new reality television series featuring drag queens competing for the title of becoming "America's next drag superstar" (RPDR 2009); this dissertation shall uncover how drag today reinforces but also deconstructs gender and sexual stereotypes. Using this, it shall therefore be demonstrated how and why drag can be seen as a political medium. Within this, there will also be reference to the historical and social context of the study, focusing particularly on the latter part of the 20th Century, in order to give a brief and current account on the progression of drag up until the present day.