Queer/Race

Look over here/Gay Babies

Posted in Uncategorized by connvoss on May 10, 2010

As a queer person who underwent a gendered coming out process/ritual at a particularly young age (10 years old) I have always been fascinated by the phenomena of youth who exhibit non-normative gender and sexual tendencies. There have been a number of thoughts passing through my head space pertaining to these phenomena. On one of my favorite shows, Rupaul’s Drag Race, one cast member speaks quite frequently about being expressively queer at a young age. Contestants around her immediately showed resentment to this, baiting her with themes like “tranny” and “real girl don’t do shows,” attempting to make her more drag-like rather than realness. Tatianna, as she is known on the show, came out to a fifth-grade class and from elementary school was as flamboyant as can be. Doing drag in middle and high school come up often to unfortunate glances from her fellow show members. I wondered if they too wished they had the courage and self-knowledge at that age to do what she had done, or if they were trying to enforce their masculinity in a television program dedicated to its betrayal.  Her elimination interview sheds some light on her position, she even uses the term genderfuck.

http://www.newnownext.com/2010/04/13/sashay-away-the-exit-interview-rupauls-drag-race-week-9-an-honor-to-be-nominated/

In trolling YouTube myself, I found a number of young children performing non-normative gender to an incredibly comical effect. A blog post on The Daily Beast titled “Should Baby Boys be Singing Beyonce?” addresses one of such videos.  Though the blog itself posits that this could be a sign of social progress, the title alone is based in an ingrained dichotomous gender paradigm. Many comments responded to and interpreted the child’s implied queerness. One response even states that singing Lady Gaga exploits the young boy to the point that “somewhere out there in cyberspace there is likely more than one sick bastard getting off on these things.” Another questions importantly “how in the hell is a baby dancing in his little diaper sexual?”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-04-27/should-baby-boys-be-singing-beyonce/

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  1. 4nak8tr said, on June 8, 2010 at 4:57 am

    i think Tatiana was the winner of season two hands down. Rupaul you picked another black…shame shame shame. At least it wasnt the rave who was in the bottom more times than a twinkie in a bathhouse,,
    tyra should have been picked off the show for her rudeness and very clear selfishness not only on the contests but just in general to all the other contests,
    Im not going to watch the show because Raven should have had her tiny tuck sent home to deodorize . I really liked pandoras box She had something different to bring every night hey made onot have liked her outfits but the girl could talk and had a great sense of humour. ;;;;;;this is how i would haver ended it:
    Nicole Page brooks dead last,
    fatty from chicago
    Raven
    Tyra Sanchez du to her horrif attitude -she should have had her panty hose dragged to the off stage peropd, dont let down hit your asson the way out.
    no my favouire “Tatiana” the epitomy of real, she was a good linp sinker unofrtunatly that “Raven who could like woman if she had knoed iin her face christ she has been in the botom more than some twinky in a bathhouse…which she could have seen this blog.m WEll my fvourite came in forth better than the little rice queen, misss Beyone who always looked the same, and Raven with her two cosyumes that seh bought from the good will. where does she get her wigs? they look liker animal fur and probably smell like it too. Ive hated Raven sinxce day on “whta made her think she was Queen of the ladies, nothing like a self appointed loozer!!shes a bitter olf lonely drag hag not drag queen. too bad this didnt cout for anything. Rupaul i thin you shoul make it the viewing auddience votes, rasie some more money and have 3rd and 2nd prizes just a suggetion “but that you Raven didint win I wash ready to fly through that t.v. and smass that ‘same old face same old facer same old face-jut the wig changed once or maybe two, that came from shaving her back hee….

  2. 4nak8tr said, on June 8, 2010 at 5:02 am

    TATIANA TATIANA TATIANA TOTAL CLASS AND DIDNT GET RATTLED BY RAVEN AKA DIRTY OLD SNATCH!!!I HATED HER AND i WANTED TO SEND YOU TATIANA MORE PHRASES TO PISS THAT BOTTOM PRINCESS AT THE BATHS.
    i THINK YOU HAD A COUPLE OF JUDGES THAT HAD THEIR FAVS tYRA AND RAVENI THE DRSG QUEEN YOU ALWAYS WANT TO LEAV THE SHOW. SHE SHOULD HAVE BEE PACKED ALONG TIME AGO..ANYHOW HOPEFULLY SEASON 3 WILL BE BETTER

  3. 4nak8tr said, on June 8, 2010 at 5:03 am

    GOOD LUCK TATIANNA, i LUVED YOU AND IN MY EYES YOU WOULD WIN WORLD DRAG RACE…..


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