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“We Are All Born Naked and the Rest is Drag” in Tony Kushner’s "Angels in America"
Katya Zamolodchikova, colloquially known as Katya, is a fabulous drag queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars II runner up, declares in a “reading is fundamental” challenge: “Miss Fame, you are such a talented makeup artist. I have never met anybody who’s able to shove their own head so far up their own ass without smudging their eyeliner” (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”). Now, in this specific reading, Miss Fame did laugh, finding humor in Katya’s comment, however, that is not always the case. The technique “reading,” performed in this anecdote by Katya, is the art of ritual insult, used by drag queens in RuPaul’s drag race, however, it also dates back to the ‘80s, which is shown in films like Paris is Burning. “Reading” is one form of empowerment for queer individuals and drag performers, allowing them to speak their minds quickly and confidently. In Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, we see the characters Belize and Prior using techniques like “reading” as well as their interpretation of drag. Throughout the play, they are able to overcome hardships and tragedies. Drag empowers the queer individuals in Angels in America, pointing to the ways all sexual identities are wrapped in performance, this is true of both Prior and Belize in the play, though most powerfully illustrated by Belize as a queer individual of color.
A Feminist Critique of Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rhetorical analyses are a crucial part of understanding how the rhetor has impacted an audience. That being said, feminist criticism may look into how marginalized groups have been impacted by a rhetor. When reviewing the following research question: How do rhetors construct ways of being that are independent of accepted and conventional norms; we are able to further analyze the rhetor’s approach to creating a safe and understanding space for marginalized groups in an otherwise intolerant society. Being able to criticize an artifact using this question will allow readers to better grasp the idea of what it is like to be in a marginalized group and how to not only tolerate individuals but accept and embrace their unique qualities and what they bring to our society as a whole. This analysis will explore how Rocky Horror Picture Show dismantles the hegemonic ideology through generating multiple perspectives, reframing, and juxtaposing incongruities as feminist strategies of disruption.
Defining a Home:
Grandma’s house: grændˌmɑz haʊs (noun) 1. A huge, canary yellow house on top of a grassy hill, surrounded by flowers of pinks, reds, blues, and greens. Home to at least six rabbits dwelling in the locked cages lined along the garage and a small Samoyed outside dog that goes by the name of Snowball. In the summertime, you will know it’s grandma’s because you will always find a blue inflated swimming pool right outside the patio, a green, flourishing vegetable garden containing everything from green beans to watermelons, and a wire archway not far away, vines wrapped and woven through it with plump, purple and green juicy grapes.