Republican conservative Mary Cheney, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s openly gay daughter, has posed the question as to why men dressing in drag is socially acceptable, but a white person dressing in blackface isn’t.
Mary’s question apparently arose after she watched a preview from the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She wants to know why perpetuating stereotypes of women, while dressed up as one, isn’t seen as offensive to more people.
In a private Facebook status, obtained by CNN, Mary wrote:
[quote]Why is it socially acceptable—as a form of entertainment—for men to put on dresses, make up and high heels and act out every offensive stereotype of women (bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty, etc.). But it is not socially acceptable—as a form of entertainment—for a white person to put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African Americans?
Shouldn’t both be okay or neither? Why does society treat these activities so differently?[/quote]
Scottish drag legend, Guillotina Munter has opposing viewpoints, commenting that “Because drag is parodying the external elements seen to ‘make’ a woman, which in fact do not. It’s a commentary on the social construct of gender roles, not actual women. It’s nothing to do with having a uterus or XX chromosome.”
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