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I'm honestly curious about this sudden surge in drag events for children, whether it's story time in libraries or dress-up events.

Are drag queens the new clowns? Is it a quick and easy way for institutions like libraries to appear diverse and woke in a very visible way? Why drag queens specifically?

Is it an attempt at an intentionally challenging image, to present the most visible and garish image of "queerness" alongside children?

I'm not a fan of drag. I think it's misogynistic but I also don't really care what gay men do in their own spaces.

What are your thoughts?

I'm honestly curious about this sudden surge in drag events for children, whether it's story time in libraries or dress-up events. Are drag queens the new clowns? Is it a quick and easy way for institutions like libraries to appear diverse and woke in a very visible way? Why drag queens specifically? Is it an attempt at an intentionally challenging image, to present the most visible and garish image of "queerness" alongside children? I'm not a fan of drag. I think it's misogynistic but I also don't really care what gay men do in their own spaces. What are your thoughts?

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[–] real_feminist 41 points Edited

I think we should start showing up outside of libraries and whatnot with signs like "Misogyny is NOT progressive" or "Stop Mocking Women" or whatever. I think most people thoughtlessly assume that they're supporting LGBTQIAAMNOPQ+ people without considering that they're just watching grown men mock women.

The TRAs have done a very good job of falsely portraying anyone who opposes them as 'transphobic' and we need to start making it clear to people that it's not 'conservative v. progressive' but '(conservative/status quo + progressive) v. regressive'.

we need to start making it clear to people that it's not 'conservative v. progressive' but '(conservative/status quo + progressive) v. regressive'.

This is so important and completely misunderstood by the masses. We're brainwashed in adolescence (or earlier!), that one of the worst things a girl can be is "uptight" or a "prude." I think that this mindset makes it extremely hard for us to think of these issues from a different angle. I have always been uncomfortable with drag for the same reasons that I am now, but it took me a long time to convince myself that my reasons were valid, real, and important, and not necessarily coming from the same place as a more conservation reaction. Ours is a viewpoint that simply does not exist in the general public, and we need to find a way to change that.

I sometimes worry that I’m a prude or uptight or just old. But then I say no to myself. Kids are exposed from a very young age to drag queens, gender lessons and cartoon videos about masturbation. For some, their exposure to porn starts at 10 years-old. It’s a hyper-sexualized world for them, and I feel like there’s a nefarious motive behind it. I guess I want children to have their innocence for the brief time in their lives that it lasts.