Do drag queens consider themselves feminists? Well, not really.
In a video shot at the Dupont High Heel Race by Amanda Hess over at TBD, costume-bedecked contestants answered the question ‘are you a feminist?’ with anything from “Yes, I carry power tools and drive a Subaru” to “I’m a Barbie, isn’t that enough?” There were also many who simply didn’t know the meaning of the word “feminist.”
You would think that these men would be natural feminists. They are intimately aware of the performance of femininity; their gimmick is based upon societal discomfort with gender nonconformity; they are forced to perform absurd tasks in ridiculous footwear … but an alarming number of men who dress in women’s clothing do not have an accompanying interest in women’s rights.