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Glossary
drag queen
a socially flambouyant male, usually gay, especially one who is vain or pretends to be vain (hence the term "queen") who crossdresses for pleasure with friends or on a stage in order to entertain. No doubt drag queens are by now an old and diverse institution still confined mostly to gay subculture. But the real significance of drag queens has been how they have ripped apart women's fashion and style traditions using powerful comic routines. Within counterculture, outside of gay circles drag queens are typically ignored or regarded as lowly court jestures. But among the more hip heterosexual crowds, especially women, drag queens and kings are just another vital component of a well rounded art-criminal society as you might find in a Fellini dream or a busker circus.

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