Super Drags!

There has been an exponential rise in the visibility of the LGBTQI community in recent years and a large part of this has been the increasing representation of the community in the media.

Shows like ‘Will and Grace’ and ‘Rupaul’s Drag Race’ have not only broken new grounds but have been wildly successful, especially Bianca del Rio, my heroine.

As Richard Dunphy put it “Perhaps the most radical aspect of queer politics was its claim not only to transcend the homo/hetero boundary but to do so in such a way as to challenge the sexual regulation and repression of heterosexual desire, above all female desire. Queer politics, it was claimed, had a lot to teach those accustomed to the narrow confines of ‘male’ and ‘female’ heterosexual roles in relationships. The re-working of notions of monogamy and the send-up of marriage through queer weddings, the greater sexual adventurism, the rejection of the concept of gay men and lesbians as ‘victims’ in favour of assertiveness and redefinition, and the emphasis on the creation of more egalitarian relationships in the domestic, sexual and social spheres, were all cited as examples of how queer could contribute to a new sexual agenda of empowerment.”

So I was very excited when I heard about Netflix’s new animated series “Super Drags”. The show is abound with sexual innuendo, and humor typical of a drag performance in the West Village. The story revolves around three gay co-workers at a department store that lead double lives as superhero drag queens, fighting crime and other forces like an evil queen and a conservative politician.

The show not only breaks new ground but challenges ideas in the community, of beauty and racial bias and outside of gay conversion camps and the increasing politicization of the community. I hope the show does well and is able to continue for more seasons.

Dunphy, R. (2000) Sexual Politics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

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