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Exposing your kids to drag performances ‘a good thing’


Drag performances can be a ‘good thing’ to expose kids to, according to a recent Living room article which insists that “drag is for everyone” while claiming that young children can be “mature enough” to handle “sexual language and innuendo”.

Thursday writing – titled “Drag Isn’t Dangerous: How Exposing Your Kids to Drag Performance Can Be a Good Thing” and written by writer Heidi Klaassen – begins by noting the current popularity of drag queens and the criticisms leveled at parents who bring kids to “family-friendly” drag shows perceived as inappropriate for kids.

However, the author insists that “the art of drag goes far” and “makes a difference for young people”.

Claiming his son “came out” as gay at the age of nine, Klaassen says the boy “found acceptance and self-esteem” on the reality television series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“When I tell him that gay bars were raided by the police or that drag queens were arrested for their art, he finds it absurd,” she wrote. “He’s 12 now and, like so many young people, marvels at the queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, their ability to express themselves and build a career.”

Admitting that her son “doesn’t know the gritty side of cruising,” which includes “the booze-soaked, smoky clubs and cabarets,” she says “the public’s perception and expectations of cruising” have changed over the years. over time.

“What matters is that my son knows there are people like him, people who celebrate an art form that has a sense of humor and uplifts the human spirit,” she wrote. . “Drag is not something to hide behind, it’s a powerful creative expression.”

“As RuPaul says, drag is for everyone,” she adds.

Although she was “initially nervous about certain sexual language and innuendo,” Klaassen says she felt her young son “was mature enough to understand those elements as far as drag performances go.”

“[L]Let’s face it, failing to control every moment of the internet for our children, they will find out what they want to learn, with or without us,” she writes.

She also points to the “parental discussion” about the appropriate viewing age for “Drag Race.”

“Some say their toddlers love the dazzling visuals and pretty contestants,” while others “abhor the language, suggestive sexual content, and occasional ‘nudity’ (which, interestingly, some networks use censorship in. blurring the nipples on the fake boobs but not the real nipples of topless men),” she wrote.

As a mother, the author says she decided to let her preteen watch the reality TV contest “because so much of what kids see on TV, in movies, and online involves socially constructed ideas about gender and sexuality, even homophobia, transphobia and misogyny.”

“I felt the truth about the culture he identified with was a step in the right direction,” she wrote.

“My own experiences as a fan of drag culture have taught me a complexity beyond female impersonation,” she adds.

Unlike many “heteronormative” movies that are “misleading,” she describes drag as “performance, art, and comedy” that requires “a broad knowledge of pop culture” and “the wit to make it a parody and satire.

“To be a drag queen is to be reborn, over and over again, in the image of your own creation,” she writes. “It’s empowering.”

Calling the televised drag contest “groundbreaking” because it depicts “gay culture presented as reality TV”, the author claims the show has “elevated” the art, helping it become mainstream.

“The show changed the face of drag, a historically subversive art form, and became a beacon of visibility and hope for LGBTQ2+ youth,” she wrote, adding that she considers the show’s acceptance by the general public as “progress” now that the audience “is expanding to include new generations of fans with informed expectations”.

Praising the show’s ability to “focus on self-love” while “instilling confidence and self-esteem in participants as well as young viewers struggling with their identity and relationships. “, Klaassen boasts that his son “knows details about famous drag queens the way sports fans keep statistics on their favorite athletes.

“We have front row seats for the ‘Canada’s Drag Race’ tour this summer,” she adds. “I can’t wait to see the expression on his face when he meets his favorite queens up close.”

The essay continues with the author acknowledging that some would call him a “bad parent” for allowing his child to watch “Drag Race” or attend a drag show.

“In parts of the United States, Republicans are trying to pass a bill banning children from drag shows and calling social services to parents like me,” she wrote.

“In a society brimming with images of women and girls as sex objects, endemic gun violence and hatred driven by ignorance, I’m glad my kids can enjoy a conversation-starting art form about queer history, oppression and activism,” she adds.

Klaassen concludes by saying his son “reflects” himself in drag performers, noting that his brothers grow up “with exposure to a culture that normalizes that diversity.”

“It’s part of educating all of us about our changing societal landscape,” she writes.

The piece comes as pro-LGBTQ and transgender propaganda continues to be marketed to children.

Last month, Danish toy giant LEGO spear a campaign to “raise awareness” and “celebrate inclusivity and embrace self-expression” by introducing fans to stories and creations by members of the “LGBTQIA+ community” and pledging to host “Drag Queen Story Time ” in his offices.

Also in June, New York Mayor Eric Adams faces severe reaction following his praise for “drag storytellers” and their contributions to the school system and to students, who he said could greatly benefit from such child-centered events.

Also, a video representing A young child tipping a drag queen with exposed fake breasts has gone viral recently, sparking outrage among social media users.

Breitbart News also noted that a viral video has surfaced featuring drag queens dancing in front of babies and toddlers at a Dallas Pride event called “Drag the Kids to Pride,” which was announced as “family”.

Earlier, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) affirmed that men speak freely in drag is “what America is,” making the remarks during an appearance on the seventh season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

“[It’s] honor to be here to tell you all how proud we are of you. Thank you for the joy and beauty you bring to the world,” she said. “Your freedom to express yourself in drag is what America is all about.”

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