Herstory Lesson: What Is Drag?

Drag is an art form that involves creating the illusion that either a man or a woman is the opposite gender for entertainment purposes. It’s a lot of work, but also a great deal of fun that dates back to Shakespearean times. It involves a creative process that really allows someone to either impersonate a female, celebrity, or just have a unique, original character to portray. There’s something special and particularly interesting about using makeup, prosthetics, and other various items to completely transform someone’s physical appearance. In many modern LGBT communities, it’s something that is celebrated, often treated with respect, as it takes a lot of guts for someone to dress in the opposite gender’s clothes for an entire audience to see.

Jinkx Monsoon

This is particularly true for drag queens, who are men that practice this art. As most people are familiar with, a man’s masculinity / macho status / manhood are held very near and dear to them. We grow up hearing, “men are made, not born,” indicating that a boy must do ‘manly’ things to earn the title of a man. Of course, this is not earned by wearing a sequins, a dress, and makeup. Drag queens basically take all societal standards of what a man should be and do the complete opposite. It is because they are risking facing the utmost ridicule and hate from those that do not understand, especially those who fit societies definition of “real men,” that they are so embraced and respected by the LGBT community as well as allies.

Landon Cider

Drag kings are the complete opposite of drag queens. They are women who shun all femininity to take on the roll of a man by playing with the typical stereotypes of males, and impersonate male celebrities if not performing as an original character. Although this variation of the art has been around since the 1600s with kabuki theater performances in Japan, it wasn’t until the late 1800s that it really began to exist outside of the country, where it permeated British music halls. It took even longer for the term to be coined, which was just a mere 43 years ago (1972 for you people who don’t feel like doing the math). Unlike drag queens, it is much more common for a drag king to be a part of a group of other performers rather than be a solo performance artist. I can’t really speak much on behalf of the kings due to just general lack of exposure to them, but from what I have seen, it is just as fun and rewarding a task getting into drag as queens find it to be.

Greetings from the Cosmos

This is my very first post!

Deciding what I wanted this blog to be took quite some time. For a long time, I’ve thought about creating a blog that really breaks down the most tech savvy things to even the least techie readers, but over time, I realized that the idea, although useful for some, would not really be of use to many, since there are already so many tech blogs out there. It wouldn’t even be of use to me. So I thought again, what could I write about that I have interest in? What do I care about? The answer was drag, and thus Cosmic Drag Race was born. With this blog I hope to teach people about an art that I hope to one day master. What better time to do that when I really started doing drag?

Happy reading!