This is a short, structured assignment, using Rupp’s, “When Women’s Studies Isn’t About Women: Writing About Drag Queens.” Your essay should be a maximum of three pages long, and must include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Your first paragraph (the introduction) should sum up Rupp’s main points, and state the central idea of your paper. The next several paragraphs (the body) should lay out your arguments and address the questions asked below under “Detailed Instructions.” Your conclusion should briefly recap the central points of your essay.
The discipline of women’s studies was historically premised on the belief that everyone knows just exactly who and what a woman is. But recently, theorists have challenged us to rethink the ideas of only two genders or sexualities. Read Rupp’s, “When Women’s Studies Isn’t About Women: Writing About Drag Queens.”
Answer these questions in your essay: How does Rupp explain why drag queens are appropriate subjects of study for women’s studies? How does the category of “drag queen” relate to the category of gender? What do drag queens tell us about the complex social construction of both gender and sexuality?
Rupp, L.J. (2005). When women’s studies isn’t about women: Writing about drag queens. In C. Berkin, J. L. Pinch, & C. S. Appel (eds.), Exploring women`s studies: Looking forward, looking back (pp. 57-67). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Drag Queens Insert Name: Institutional Affiliation: Due Date: Question 1: how does Rupp explain why drag queens are appropriate subjects to study for women’s studies? Drag queens are individuals who have developed their own authentic genders; therefore advocating the need of eliminating the traditional gender categories. The society should develop the possibilities beyond the commonly acceptable two categories (male and female) to an entire range of possible identities such as female impersonators, transvestites, transsexuals, and cross-dressers, including drag queens (Rupp, 2005). Drag queens help to challenge the traditional sexual and gender order. Sexual desire, gender performances, and presentation of the drag queens contribute a significant function that challenges and transforms the sexual and gender systems. Drag queens develop their own th