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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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[–] Gladys_Kravitz 21 points Edited

I think most people view them similar to birthday clowns. Colorful, loud, silly, etc. Things like that are typically associated with children.

I have a strong feeling the adults who support this have never actually been to a drag show. They think it's all glittery makeup, costumes, music, silliness, etc. They aren't aware of just how sexual these performances actually are.

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I also think there's a degree of pity. Parents pity the men who dress up as drag queens, they see how "weird" they are and assume everyone in the gay man's life is hostile and homophobic. They want to separate themselves from the terrible homophobes who give these ludicrous gay men a hard time.

The parents most likely feel an initial shock and revulsion to the drag queens, and what follows is shame and pity. Shame they initially felt repulsed by these men, and then pity for how often these men get that reaction.

So they attempt to assuage their shame and guilt by going overboard and offering up their children as sacrificial lambs, just to prove how un-homophobic they are.

I think most people view them similar to birthday clowns. Colorful, loud, silly, etc. Things like that are typically associated with children.

Precisely. In other words - it's viewed how blackface was 100 years ago. Harmless silly entertainment.