Author: Eric Boudet

Drag: Unfiltered

Drag is a practice that has been around since the time of the Ancient Greeks. In modern culture, it has caught the eye of mainstream media through the show Ru Paul’s Drag Race. In this episode, we take a look at how Drag Race affects drag culture around the nation. One thing that makes drag so special is that it has a different meaning to every queen. One famous queen who goes by the name of Bob the Drag Queen participates in drag because he wants to celebrate and show respect to women and femininity. Other queens do it simply because...

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Uneducated: Homonormativity on Grindr and in the Media

As the Internet and social media continue to consume our everyday lives, online dating apps become increasingly popular. These apps may range anywhere from Bumble and Tinder, which allows users to choose each other or “swipe right” on each other in order to start a conversation to more specific apps catered towards certain groups of people such as FarmersOnly.com or 420Singles.com. Yet, there is one community where online dating is more prevalent than anywhere else: the gay community. The most popular gay dating apps include Scruff, Jack’d and Hornet. However, the most unanimously popular dating/hookup app for gay men...

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…and the rest is drag.

 Introduction “You’re born naked and the rest is drag” is a quotation from the famous drag queen, RuPaul.  The phrase implies that our behavior is simply an imitation and that we construct our own identity by copying behavioral patterns that we have already encountered. Drag is the practice of wearing makeup and clothing to portray the opposite gender that you identify with. Drag is, at the very core, men dressing as women and women dressing as men. The term “drag” is actually an acronym of “dressed as a girl.” The practice of female impersonation dates back to the times...

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Cultural Appropriation and the United States of Privilege

The twenty-first century United States is unfortunately full of ignorance. So many are blinded by their own prejudice and beliefs that they refuse to even entertain the idea that other Americans may have a different from opinion from theirs and that different opinions are not a bad thing, in fact, they are what make America the “salad bowl” of cultures that it is today. This is where the notion of cultural appropriation comes in. Cultural appropriation is the adaptation or taking of traditions, icons or items of one culture by another culture. In the United States, it often involves...

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