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Drag doesn't confuse kids – it just exposes them to diversity

Chrissie Russell


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We grew up loving Dame Edna Everage on our TVs

We grew up loving Dame Edna Everage on our TVs

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We grew up loving Dame Edna Everage on our TVs

I found pantomimes confusing as a child. Despite being reared on a diet of fiction that usually involved a group of children improbably solving mysteries (without any adult intervention), I found panto plot lines preposterous, and all that ‘He’s behind you!’, ‘Oh no he isn’t’, ‘Oh yes he is’ stuff was just tiresome and unnecessary because, well, he always was behind the person in question. But one aspect that never even really registered with me was that there was usually a man dressed as a woman on stage and a woman dressed as a man. It wasn’t called drag, it wasn’t called anything, it just was, and not one person batted an eyelid.

In fact, drag in various forms peppered my youth: Lily Savage, Dame Edna Everage, Belfast-born May McFettridge... so why on earth do some people suddenly seem to be whipping themselves into a frenzy about the ‘dangers’ of kids seeing drag queens?


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