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The Drag Queen Story Time Controversy

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Skwim, Jun 15, 2019.

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  1. Skwim

    Skwim Veteran Member

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    "Once upon a time, at a public library in San Francisco, a drag queen arrived at story time and read to the children she met there.

    The children — no strangers to playing make believe — had fun, and soon the idea of drag queens hosting story time spread to New York.

    It was an unconventional idea, both for the normally staid libraries and the drag queens, many of whom were more accustomed to hosting night-life events than M.C.-ing daytime singalongs.

    But it quickly caught on.

    Today, four years after that first event, drag performers regularly entertain children at libraries and community centers in progressive enclaves like New York and Los Angeles as well as red-state towns like Juneau, Alaska, and Lincoln, Neb.

    But as the popularity of drag queen story time has grown, so has the backlash. It has emerged in liberal bastions like Brooklyn and more conservative towns like Cookeville, Tenn., with critics objecting to both the performers and the books they read, which include classic fairy tales and modern parables about inclusion, like “Julián Is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love and “Neither” by Airlie Anderson."
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  2. The Reverend Bob

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    Drag is a misogynistic caricaturization of women, it parodies women as *****y and is characterized by over the top stereotypical presentations as to what men think a woman is. Not only that but it is sexualized entertainment.
     
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  3. AT-AT

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    I hid my answer somewhere in the forum's nearly 6 million posts. Good luck finding it.

    kthxbai
     
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    Kangaroo Feathers Hardline moderate

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    Surely it's up to the parents whether to let their kids attend, and not really anyone else's business?

    I don't think it's good or bad, more like unnecessary. Either way, it's probably not worth all the angst on behalf of the people freaking out about it.
     
  5. SomeRandom

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    Meh, cool.
    I know a couple of Drag Queens. They’re nice.
     
  6. Skwim

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    So, as a man under the top do you think women are *****y?

    So what? The readings aren't taking place in a night club. Or is it that you think the drag queens who read to the children are doing it in a sexual way?

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  7. The Reverend Bob

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    Then it is not for children
     
  8. The Reverend Bob

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    Never.
     
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    My Vote: Drag Queens are harmless... unless provoked. 'nuff said :cool:
     
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  10. SugarOcean

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    No, it isn't. However, what is happening with this transgression is just one more effort to violate boundaries and impact impressionable minds.
    It looks like mommy sort of looks but it's painted like a clown and has a male voice.
    Imagine the confusion in those young children.
    What is the point of a male in drag reading to children? Why would a public library think a man dressed as a caricature of a woman is a positive image, role model even for the short time together, for youngsters?
    I would venture to say they don't. However, given the radical threatening behavior certain in the LGBTQ community exhibit when rebuffed , it could be the libraries are afraid to refuse. And in turn those directors that permit this ridiculous display satisfy themselves thinking the little one's will see it as an adult playing dress up.
    Which is what it is. However, the impressionable age children that attend these type readings shouldn't be exposed to this when they're way too young to navigate the differences.Given there are males out there that cross dress as a way of life.

    Have you heard? There's a recruitment coloring book out entitled Toni the Tampon. Its purpose? To inform children that "men" menstruate.

    It's a new age. Sodom and Gomorrah now have a publishing branch.
     
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    The children probably don't care, it's just someone who they probably perceive as a clownish figure reading a story.
     
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  12. The Reverend Bob

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    There are cisgender straight males who do drag and they too perpetuate misogynistic stereotypes of women. So we can't lay this at the feet of LGBT
     
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    AWESOME!!!!!


     
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    People really need to learn what drag queens are and what entertainment is (including how "over the top" cis-women can be while performing a role, which is a role and not a real life portrayal).
     
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    But the tears of those going "ZOMG the kids!" and screaming about perversions and corrupt agendas are always so sweet to the tongue.
     
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    Eh, I watched Prascilla Queen of the desert and Rocky Horror Picture Show as a kid. Didn’t really confuse me, honestly. Except maybe having to learn proper toast protocol.
    And Toni the Tampon is about people who menstruate. I googled it, it’s nothing I didn’t learn about in Biology/Sex Ed/Health class over 10 years ago, meh. (Though I suppose the terminology has changed a little.)
     
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    Dee Snider ruined an entire generation
     
  18. Left Coast

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    It's good to expose children to drag queens because they show them the absurdity of societally imposed gender roles and normalize variations in gender expression. Drag queens are entertainers whose presentation is intentionally hyperbolic and humorous.
     
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  19. The Reverend Bob

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    Should we let white people in blackface read Uncle Tom's Cabin to kids?

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    No, because blackface has a well-known racist history. The purpose of drag is not to degrade women or perpetuate stereotypes about them, it is to mock gender norms. It is satire. Drag has a completely different historical and cultural context than blackface. To equate them is absurd.
     
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