Last Tuesday was the season finale of my new favorite show “Ru Paul’s Drag Race: All Stars”. A show in which drag queens from around the country compete in various challenges week to week and are subsequently eliminated one by one, leaving the ultimate “queen” standing. This show’s premise is nearly identical to every other reality challenge show, but it is the glitter, the wigs, the lip syncing, the talent, the Cher impersonations and the message that truly separates this campy masterpiece from all the other reality garbage out there.
Of course Drag Queens, themselves, are nothing new. A man dressed up as a woman is universally seen as funny, has been lampooned in the media forever and exists in nightclubs and unsuspecting neighborhoods across America.
So what is it about them that is so fascinating? Is it the taboo? The mystery? The size 12 shoes? Or is it just about the look?
Yesterday’s vote to make marriage between one man and one woman the only domestic legal union recognized in North Carolina has, besides making me incredibly sad and ashamed for the place I grew up, got me thinking about the nature of romantic unions in our generation and the shape they’re taking.
In conversation yesterday, my mother had a good point. “It’s like ruling from the grave,” she said on the phone with me on the way back from voting against Amendment One in the N.C. primary. “It’s not what your generation wants. It may pass now, but it will be overruled later.” (Too bad for all those denied their benefits until then, I guess.)
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