Have you ever dressed in drag?

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Have you dressed up in drag? By "drag" I don't mean merely wearing one or two clothing items of the other gender, but really trying to dress up as the other gender (even if you weren't particularly convincing). This includes things like stuffed bras, false facial hair, wigs, high heels, a sock in your undies, that sort of thing... Let's see how many drag queens and drag kings we have!

Poll Results

OptionVotes
I am male and I have dressed in drag. 23
I am male and I haven't dressed in drag, nor do I want to. 18
I am female and I have dressed in drag. 5
I am female and I haven't dressed in drag, nor do I want to. 4
I am male and I haven't dressed in drag, but I would like to. 2
I am female and I haven't dressed in drag, but I would like to. 1


Tuomas, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 16:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

I guess you don't need to hear my answer to the poll question?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 16:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

Lost a bet in secondary school, had to spend all of non uniform day in full on lilly savage while everyone else just kicked it in jeans or whatever. Luckily before everyone had a camera-phone/digital camera.

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 16:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

I used to have to dress as a dirty dronerock twink to go to the local gaybar when I was still underage and wanting to drink.

...and the wizard blew his horn (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 16:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

hi dere

kell surprise (country matters), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 16:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hallowween of my junior year of high school, my girlfriend dressed me in assorted bits of her more gothy clothing, including a bodice, long skirt, long gloves, etc.

There were lesbian rumors about her for months because of the time she was sighted in the hall way making out with "that girl Nicole."

ENERGY FOOD (en i see kay), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 16:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have, but it was just for a halloween party. I make an ugly woman.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 22:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

When I worked at a summer camp last year in Spain, we had an end-of-camp carnival that involved a surprising amount of crossdressing. A female counselor lent me a dress, blonde wig, and put makeup on me. Young Spanish boys kept groping my boobs, which were rolled-up socks. It was decided that my name was Rhianna, the closest female equivalent to my real name.

2009 Nominee, Best African (Whitey on the Moon), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 00:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

I am male and I haven't dressed in drag, but I would like to.

Unisom beeitchs. (Matt P), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 00:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

One halloween in college I shaved my everything, did my hair up nice, and wore a leather bustier, garters, and heels. Funny thing is, I looked good. Unsettlingly good, according to several friends both male and female alike.

I wrote my girlfriend at the time a couple years ago looking for pictures, but she couldn't find any. They'll turn in a box one day, and then I will share.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 00:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

I was a cheerleader for the powderpuff game senior year.

my future wife has to love talking about the ninja turtles (los blue jeans), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 00:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Seems easier for a guy to do a convincing lady than a lady to do a convincing guy, don't you think? This always seemed unfair to me.

existential eggs (Abbott), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 01:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

maybe the ladies are so convincing you don't even notice

steamed hams (harbl), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 01:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

i once dressed in drag (dress, wig, makeup, large purse full of sex toys) to perform maggie estep's "sex goddess of the western hemisphere" to a full bar

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 05:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

maggie estep

OH SHIT I'd forgotten this person's entire existence until just now.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 06:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

They'll turn in a box one day, and then I will share you political ambitions will be shattered...

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 09:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

I was convincing enough to pull a gay lad who shrieked when he groped my "bulge" and pulled out a sock.

...and the wizard blew his horn (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 10:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

These days I just look like some mad german Hawkwind roadie...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2219/2168095871_1f966b97ff.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2414/2168095877_39cc27cfc5.jpg

...and the wizard blew his horn (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 10:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

So at lol college somehow I was persuaded to go to a Rocky Horror showing in the full getup, due to my remarkable resemblance to Tim Curry...

http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v313/49/40/761935322/n761935322_3912071_8499.jpg

this must be what FAIL is really like (ledge), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 12:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Rocky Horror with Gary Numan as Frank...

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 13:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

i think there's a big difference between a dude wearing lady clothes and full-on drag tbh. i've worn makeup & wigs & dresses all at the same time but it doesn't feel right to call what i did 'drag'

elmo leonard (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 15:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

That's true enough only if you consider trans-sexuals to be "in drag"

Otherwise, what *is* drag?

Mark G, Thursday, 8 October 2009 14:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

what drag queens (kings) do?

as a distinct species from transvestites, transgenders, & transsexuals.

elmo leonard (elmo argonaut), Thursday, 8 October 2009 14:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, 'drag' to me has connotations of parody and pantomime, which distinguishes it from 'cross-dressing'.

emil.y, Thursday, 8 October 2009 14:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, 'drag' to me has connotations of parody and pantomime

I see what you're getting at, but you make it sound like blackface. It's neither parody nor pantomime. I think you mean camp.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Saturday, 10 October 2009 07:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ledge, I want to fuck your manpussy. You are gorgeous.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Saturday, 10 October 2009 07:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

omg Kate, A+++ !

StanM, Saturday, 10 October 2009 07:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

A bit butch for my tastes, but ok.

;)

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Saturday, 10 October 2009 07:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, 'drag' to me has connotations of parody and pantomime

I see what you're getting at, but you make it sound like blackface. It's neither parody nor pantomime. I think you mean camp.

Uh, I dunno. I don't tend to associate pantomimes with blackface. I do associate them with men dressed as women and women dressed as boys, in a way that has elements of comedy. Which 'drag', to me, always does.

emil.y, Saturday, 10 October 2009 12:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think drag queen and drag king acts always involve a certain amount of exaggerating stereotypical modes of gendered behaviour, but it doesn't necesarily have to be done as comedy.

Anyway, you shouldn't take the word "drag" in the poll question too seriously. I'm not asking if you've ever done a proper drag queen/king act, merely if you've ever dressed fully as the other gender.

Tuomas, Saturday, 10 October 2009 12:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

xp to kenan, o_O

things you never thought you'd read

surfing on hokusine waves (ledge), Saturday, 10 October 2009 14:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

emil.y: I should clarify that when I say "you make it sound like blackface" I do not in any way want to invoke the mighty ILX instant-thread-derail tactic of calling someone racist, or even to morally equate the two things. I think I just balked at the word "parody," which makes it sound less affectionate than I believe it is. I feel like... hmm... how can I put it. The expression is primarily of womanhood, of a strong, prominent female side, and genuine female identification. Perhaps the difference is that "drag" is done as theater, is performed, and transvestitism is lived in.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Saturday, 10 October 2009 16:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

ledge: Sorry.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Saturday, 10 October 2009 16:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

See, I think the problem is that although I appreciate that (a lot of) drag tends to be done with affection, and yes, as a way to express some kind of identification with womanhood, it says absolutely nothing to me about my experiences as an actual woman, and the extremes of stereotyping it goes to do strike me as parodic. I don't particularly mean this to be a negative thing, but it is (usually) so far into caricature that I can't remove parody from the equation.

As I say, this is my conception of 'drag', which is very very very far away from my conception of cross-dressing, transvestitism, or transexualism.

emil.y, Saturday, 10 October 2009 16:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm not one to argue. I'm not a transvestite, nor a drag queen, nor even gay. Certainly I'm not a woman. So really, I know shit on shit.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Saturday, 10 October 2009 16:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

I suppose the line I'm drawing in my head is between those bizarre and convincing drag shows you catch at 1am in New Orleans, and "To Wong Foo."

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Saturday, 10 October 2009 16:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

i think 'like blackface' might have been a fairly worthwhile call; blackface performance had a lot more dimensions to it than ridicule. obviously blackface is/was poisoned/poisonous in a buncha ways that drag isn't. otoh female impersonation was quite often a part of the 19th-century minstrel show, and not just in a pantomime-dame way, either

thomp, Saturday, 10 October 2009 20:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

(otoh there were a lot of black minstrel show performers, and i can't quite work around the idea of women dressing in drag as women) (insert gender studies degree here)

thomp, Saturday, 10 October 2009 20:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 11 October 2009 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

i've dressed in men's clothes before, but it was for my job at nordstrom. so it doesn't really count--it's not like i bound my tits or stuffed my pants or anything. i fucking hated wearing a tie though. HATED.

i wouldn't ever be interested in trying to do drag, partially because i'd be afraid that i'd look too convincing as a man, in a bad way. i'm insecure.

which is weird, because i know (female) people that occasionally do drag and look really hot--maybe it would take a confidence that i lack. or something.

JuliaA, Sunday, 11 October 2009 23:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

I once went to a (M/F) wedding where the dress for the reception was "formal drag." It was kind of fantastic to see, although I was unconvincing.

Thing that blew my little mind in 1992: going to Wigstock in Tompkins Square Park and seeing a handful of biological women in "drag" as women. (It's possible to do that in a way that's not so possible for bio-men to be "drag kings.")

Douglas, Monday, 12 October 2009 01:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

kenan your photo is truly incredible.

existential eggs (Abbott), Monday, 12 October 2009 19:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

That's not me, btw. That's a screenshot of Graham Chapman from Monty Python's Meaning of Life. Lest anyone be confused.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Monday, 12 October 2009 20:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 12 October 2009 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

WELL.

ian, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 06:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Indeed.

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 07:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

i fucking hated wearing a tie though. HATED.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i191/fluxion23/green-tie.jpg

tie me up, dress in drag, and read to me from the bible (kenan), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 08:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

So, if we would take the numbers to be representative, this would mean 52% of ILXors have dressed in drag. And out of the ones who haven't, 12% would like to. Great results!

Tuomas, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 10:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

I went to a birthday party with a drag theme, thrown mostly by lesbian women, so I took an eyeliner pencil and painted on a John Waters-type moustache.

Squash weather (Eazy), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 16:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Are you a girl, or was that a case of a guy being a drag king?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 10:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

i intend to be a big-assed grandma for halloween tbh

elmo leonard (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 20 October 2009 13:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

t/s: exploring one's sexuality vs coopting gay culture

ΡΎ (imago), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:28 (three years ago) Permalink

TS 2009 vs 2014 more like

I've had my eyes done to humour girlfriends is about it

zero content albums (darraghmac), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:57 (three years ago) Permalink


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