Category Archives: Paris is Burning

Have Experiences Changed Since Paris Burned?

http://www.nytimes.com/1993/04/18/style/paris-has-burned.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/fashion/a-lively-house-of-xtravaganza-ball-scene-city.html?_r=0 After watching the movie “Paris is Burning” this past weekend, I came across two articles by the New York Times, one written in 1993 (Paris Has Burned) and one written in 2012 (Paris is Still Burning). The first … 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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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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Paris is Burning – this is White America

The issue of colour in “Paris is Burning” is fascinating, and one I was completely blind to upon watching this for the first time. Whilst it terribly ignorant on my part, perhaps this blindness is one of the aims of … Continue reading Continue reading

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bell hooks on “Paris is Burning”

In her book Black Looks: Race and Representation (which we read an excerpt of for class), bell hooks gives a rather scathing critique of Paris is Burning. She criticizes the film as too privileging a view of white femininity as … Continue reading Continue reading

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