Society/Culture Drag queens reading to kids in libraries

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I don't really understand the problem. Drag queens are performance artists (usually gay men). OP seems to have them confused with transvestites. I understand some drag queens can perform in a sexualised manner, but I imagine there are a diverse range of drag queen acts, some perfectly suitable to reading to kids in libraries, some thoroughly unsuitable. An earlier reference to clowns was made, and if clowns are accepted, why not drag queens. They perform a similar role, probably give a good laugh.

Apparently, it's important that they break "barriers" for 0.0000001% of the population.

This is a pressing concern.
 

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Apparently, it's important that they break "barriers" for 0.0000001% of the population.

This is a pressing concern.
Are you confusing them with transgender people?

Drag queens have been highly visible for a long time. They are an alter ego, like a job/artistic pursuit/specialist trade. I imagine that when dads come to class to talk about what they do for a living, some may presumably come in drag and talk about their act.
 

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Are you confusing them with transgender people?

Drag queens have been highly visible for a long time. They are an alter ego, like a job/artistic pursuit/specialist trade. I imagine that when dads come to class to talk about what they do for a living, some may presumably come in drag and talk about their act.

CGAF about the semantics.

This stuff is not important.

Anyone who wants to spend their time reading some books to kids should be commended.

It's completely irrelevant whether they dress up or engage in sexual coitus with pieces of fruit.
 
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This is an interesting discussion, some very funny and very stupid stuff. Like conflating Dame Edna and Mrs. Doubtfire as a "similarity" to a drag queen. Never laughed so hard!

Drag queens ARE artists but they are artists who have fetishes - most of them anyway. They like to look "glamorous" and "attractive" (sexualised) of course there might be anomalies but in general drag queens aren't "just" artists and they're based on sexuality to a degree.

Edna is a comic artist and is not "sexualized" it's a stereotype for comedic purposes, same with Robin Williams. Mrs. doubtfire is a created stereotype to play a part in a movie plot. Completely and utterly not sexualized - not by intention in any case.

By and large they are not a social norm and are very much a minority, to have someone dressed up in a sexualised manner reading to children still in formative years is an attempt to normalize drag queens as a social norm. Certainly not fit for primary or kindy age children - they can learn about that stuff later in life.
 

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It’s a form of children’s entertainment. Anyone who grew up in the UK or Ireland (2 of the 4 countries referenced in your link) is familiar with the concept of the Christmas panto, shows that invariably deployed a drag queen as comic relief and are targeted at young families. A quick read of those articles suggests that the content presented by this group is age appropriate, and so long as it’s done in a voluntary setting then it’s really up to the parents.

Finally an examination of the numbers involved (8,000 children have attended events run by this outfit, out of a total UK population of 11.3 million children under the age of 14) gives a real understanding of just how niche this event is. It’s not a threat to kids, this is simply another front opened by conservatives in the faux ‘culture wars’.
 

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If you close your eyes and imagined it's 1989, the scare campaign against transexuals is identical to the one waged at the time against homosexuals. Impassioned cries of won't someone think of the children, accusations of mental health problems and inferences of pedophilia, we have literally seen all this before. People should be wise enough not to fall for the bulls*** twice.
 

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If you close your eyes and imagined it's 1989, the scare campaign against transexuals is identical to the one waged at the time against homosexuals. Impassioned cries of won't someone think of the children, accusations of mental health problems and inferences of pedophilia, we have literally seen all this before. People should be wise enough not to fall for the bulls*** twice.
Your right side of history sooth story not going so well of late.
 
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