Drag Queens and Drag Kings: The Difference Gender Makes

  title={Drag Queens and Drag Kings: The Difference Gender Makes},
  author={Leila J. Rupp and Verta A. Taylor and Eve Ilana Shapiro},
  pages={275 - 294}
In this article, we use case studies of two different drag performance collectives, the 801 Girls, a drag queen troupe in Key West, Florida, and the Disposable Boy Toys, a political feminist collective in Santa Barbara, California, to explore the differences between drag queens and drag kings. We argue that, despite their divergent routes to performing drag and the different contexts and styles of their shows, a similar critique of hegemonic gender and heteronormativity emerges from their… 

Kings, queens, and in-betweens : exploring gender and power through drag performances

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A Natural History of the Drag Queen Phenomenon

  • Michael MoncrieffP. Liénard
  • Political Science
    Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior
  • 2017
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Drag King Cultures

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En/Activist Drag: Kings Reflect on Queerness, Queens, and Questionable Masculinities

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