Monthly Archives: February 2013

Dressing in Drag: Everybody’s Doing It

As a contemporary term, the meaning of the word drag has developed into something much more than simply “to cross-dress in an extreme or flamboyant manner”. In fact, it has been deemed that at one point or another we all … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Perennial Question of Insider vs Outsider

When I watched Paris is Burning last Sunday, I kept thinking of discussions and readings I’ve had in my anthropology classes.  This may sound like it has nothing to do with our class, but hear me out.  Essentialism, orientalism, colonialism, … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Magic Hat

Written by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Tricia Tusa   The Magic Hat tells the story of an ordinary town that becomes extraordinary when a magic hat floats in one day.  The hat twirls through the air, landing on the heads of adults who are turned into the animals they resemble by the magic hat.  Just […] Continue reading

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Tendai Buddhism and Contemplatation of Suchness

Tendai Buddhism is one of the most popular sects of Buddhism, comprising of the Lotus Sutra and the Contemplation of Suchness. The Lotus Sutra is one of the most important documents of Buddhism (described as the Buddha’s “true teachings”, RJP, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Can we call Andrej Pejic a Drag Queen?

For this week’s blog I wanted to do something a bit different. For this blog I won’t be discussing film, but another media outlet: advertisements. During our discussion in class the term androgynous was coined and this got me thinking … Continue reading Continue reading

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Since When Did Drag Equal Wanting to Fit in?

Dorian Corey says in the documentary, Paris is Burning, that “looking like” can be more than just the performance of a character, but can turn into really being the character you are trying to portray, such as trying to pass … Continue reading Continue reading

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Opera is My Drag

As we talked this week about what it means to dress in drag and the way that drag relates to gender performance, I considered the many ways we all perform in drag every day.  In class we discussed the roles … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Gender Binary and Venus Xtravaganza

Many of the individuals in “Paris Is Burning” idealize white womanhood, which really intrigues me.  Although clearly most of the individuals in this film do not fit gender stereotypes or the gender binary, rather than fighting for a more comprehensive … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Birth of Identity Through Performance

I really enjoyed Paris is Burning and the ways in which this documentary focused on the New York City drag scene in the 1980′s. The term documentary as defined in Cinema Studies refers to films that are “instruments of information, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Nichiren and the Lotus Sutra

Nichiren believed that the Lotus Sutra contained the ultimate truths of Buddhism and that in order to reach enlightenment, one has only to recite the name of the Lotus Sutra and reiterate it a certain number of times. He taught … Continue reading Continue reading

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