"Liberal, Pretty, and Pro-Titty"
January 6, 2012 2:23 PM Subscribe
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. Drag superstar RuPaul (whose reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race
" returns later this month) has enjoyed piles of free publicity thanks to name association with presidential canditate Ron Paul
The drag artist has dabbled in politics before, posing as both Obamas for a 2008 Christmas card
. According to RuPaul (as explained to Arsenio Hall in 1993
), the most powerful thing a citizen can do is "become the image of your own imagination."
Some background on drag as an art form: The 1990 documentary "Paris is Burning,"
presented it as a natural byproduct of marginalization and oppression, enabling poor black people to explore both male and female roles of a culture which invited them to observe but never truly participate
An incredibly diverse art form in its own right, drag reminds us that gender is a performance, and identity an illusion
. These performances may comment
on sex and gender stereotypes, or pay sincere tribute to female icons
. Some are purely creatures of sexual fantasy
. Some are raunchy clowns
. Some are performance artists
, you name it
. There are many drag kings
and faux queens
as well; everyone is welcome to the table.