Drag queen: bling bling, bitch and jewels

Two Montreal candidates will be in the race for the third season of Canada’s Drag Racewhich begins in July.

« Will the next Canadian ‘drag superstar’ be from Quebec? asked my colleague Bruno Lapointe yesterday in The newspaper.

Personally, it does not make me hot or cold. Am I the only one who has no interest in drag queens? Am I the only one who doesn’t understand why drag queens are on every show
(reality shows, cooking shows, youth shows, etc.)?

Am I the only one who completely escapes this phenomenon?


We live in a strange society. We are told that stereotypes are very naughty, but at the same time we are also told that a man who dresses up using the worst female stereotypes must be applauded.

Glittery high heels, long and often blond hair, huge breasts, endless nails, ultra-short skirts, plunging necklines, outrageous make-up. Jewels, bling-bling and bitch: it is a caricatural image of the woman that drag queens send back to us.

And excuse me for asking the question, but why are we talking about these female artists? Jean-François Guèvremont is a real man even when he puts on fake nails, fake breasts, fake eyelashes and Rita Baga’s fake hair.

We are simultaneously told that gender is a social construction, that the male-female binary is limiting, that men are so badly in their bodies that they want to become women (and vice versa)… but men dress as women using the biggest clichés of femininity!

Let me know if there’s a skimpy drag queen with greasy hair and dark circles in her eyes to look like a single mom cooking Kraft Dinner.

I find their image of women so exaggerated that I want to ask them: “Is that how you see women? Like a pitoune caricature? »

Last weekend, a children’s story hour with drag queen Barbada had to take place under police protection in Dorval, because zozos had made hateful comments on social media.

This is unacceptable. But I wonder why the Dorval library presented story time with a drag queen as an example of “tolerance and inclusion”. Is a drag queen a member of an oppressed minority or a costumed character? Barbada is the star of a children’s program on Radio-Canada. Why not ? But don’t ask me to rave about a supposed example of “diversity”. You are not born a drag queen, you become one.

I have nothing against drag queens. And I have nothing for either. But I don’t want to be accused of lacking “openness” if I feel no interest in this phenomenon which leaves me totally indifferent.


It’s still weird. On the one hand, women are made invisible, by speaking of “people with a uterus”, “people with menstruation” or “parent #1”. On the other, we celebrate a fantasized, exaggerated, fictitious femininity, personified by men.

Do I have the right to say that I do not recognize myself in this new duality?


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