As much as I hate to admit this, I was watching Tyra Banks' talk show (I'm unemployed, I've got a lot of time on my hands). To ambush potential makeover victims, she enlisted a team of draq queens. Three extremely costumed young men were literally strutting down the street during the day with slabs of make-up and twenty-inch heels to find girls in need of layered bangs and form-fitting tops.
When Tyra announced that she was employing the Drag Force, the audience cheered. And, as I've flipped the channels in the past, I've noticed Tyra, Maury and other talk shows often have drag queens on their shows for advice from fashion to relationships (seriously, I swear, I just flip channels a lot).
Now, I'm not saying by any means that Tyra Banks is the barometer by which we should measure society's ever-changing cultural norms. But, based on certain elements in pop culture and the media, it seems as if we are slowly inching towards a day when drag queens aren't just Boy George-like celebrities to entertain us from a safe distance, but also...maybe...the fabulous, stylish boy next door?
It's no surprise that women appear more open-minded than (straight) men when it comes to expanding notions of sexuality. How else to explain the relatively recent phenomenon of women attending drag bars for bridal showers? Can you even imagine straight men attending a bar full of lesbians and drag kings for a bachelor party? "Dude, where's the men's room? Oh, sorry."
On the flip side, it's not too often that you hear about drag kings in mainstream media. Maybe it's because a woman putting on some baggy clothes and faking a five o'clock shadow will blend in easier than a 6'2" man dressed in a shiny, sequined dress, so therefore drag kings attract less attention to themselves. Maybe it's because women have been adapting male style for decades, modifying the business suit to help actualize their own recently-accquired access to male economic power (whereas we're still nowhere near men employing women's clothes in any serious manner). And Diane Keaton in Annie Hall (or Katherine Hepburn in just about anything) could dress in slacks, dress shirts and ties and be considered intelligent and a sexually attractive romantic lead (Again - man in a dress? Not so much).