x-posted to thesexualsocial and simpleuglytruth
I just read a Canadian play by Sky Gilbert called "Drag Queens on Trial", a courtroom melodrama chronicalling the trial of three drag queens (marlene, lana, and judy) as they are on trial for being drag queens. They are blamed for the various problems of society like disease, promiscuity, etc etc etc ad nauseum. One issue that came up that was particularly interesting to me was how the girls refered to themselves as the "other" of society; a concept popularized by the gothic romantic writers. The 'other' is something that society fears because it more than likely challenges everything that "normal" society venerates; drag queens, obviously, challenge sexual norms in our society and in doing so, challenge the proper roles that each gender is supposed to adhere to....it transcends simple issues of sex, and challenges our notion of the normal, happy 2.4 children, two car garage, the dog spot in his house in the backyard, soccer and ballet lessons lifestyle.
I found it fascinating how gilbert managed to treat all those issues, as well as a touching treatment of AIDS near the end, and made it extremelly entertaining as well.
just thought i'd share.