CGIA is proud to kick off the conference with Fletcher’s first ever drag show: The Bawdy Politic! Starring Aurora Whorealis and Tuft’s very own leading lady of drag, LaWhore Vagistan, this show will be a fun, sexy, and subversive take on international gender politics.
Drag represents an art and culture within the LGBTQ community that challenges heteronormative gender norms in a way that is both critical and playful. Its role and meaning in queer culture still invokes lively debate between the diverse groups that make up the LGBTQ community in the US and around the world, but here is a quick intro to some of the basics:
- Drag performance plays with the idea that all gender identity is performative. For a fast explanation of the theory of gender performativity, please enjoy this summary explained by Judith Butler and cats.
- In an “interview” with LaWhore Vagistan, Tufts Professor Kareem Kubchandani explains how he uses drag as an educational tool in classes on performance, gender and sexuality, and comparative literatures: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/595546/pdf
- Drag is a performance, and is different from lived gender identity and expression. For more on what it means to be non-binary both on-stage and off, check out this fascinating interview with local artist Johnny Blazes: http://alex-mancini.wixsite.com/genderseries/copy-of-chris-k-s-1
- Finally, drag culture is not an uncontested space within the queer community. For a trans challenge to the “playfulness” of drag, check out this thoughtful essay from trans comedian and writer Shon Feye: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/30332/1/the-problems-with-confusing-trans-and-drag
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