I’m thinking that activities that celebrate regressive stereotypes of female behaviour are not particularly progressive or useful in society.  I fully support practitioners of Drag who want to practice their rituals in the appropriate societal context. However, there is a trend put Drag into contexts that are most definitely not appropriate for instance, elementary schools.  Children are not equipped intellectually or emotionally to properly understand what is going on during “Drag story book hour” or “dance celebration.  Nor should they have to be.

 

Ostensibly the purpose – “Drag Queen Story Hour, Drag Queen Storytime, and Drag Story Time are children’s events first started in 2015 by author and activist Michelle Tea in San Francisco with the goals to “inspire a love of reading, while teaching deeper lessons on diversity, self-love and an appreciation of others.” The events, usually geared for children aged 3–11, are hosted by drag queens who read children’s books, and engage in other learning activities in public libraries.“.

Sure.

But then we run up against this:

“Blomme, 38, was taken into custody “following an investigation into multiple uploads of child pornography through a Kik messaging application account in October and November 2020,” according to a statement.

A 44-page search warrant filed Friday by a Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) special agent said investigators found Blomme, using the name “dommasterbb,” uploaded 27 videos and images containing child pornography. Two of the files were uploaded at a Milwaukee County government building, the search warrant said,” a summary notes.

Blomme formerly served as the President of the Cream City Foundation from 2017 to 2020, which describes itself as “mobilizing philanthropic resources by harnessing the pride, passion, and commitment of LGBTQ+.”

The foundation also runs a Drag Queen Story Hour program, an event that “captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.”

“In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real” a description adds.”

Children do not need gender fluidity or queer role models that destabilize their identity and worldview.  More pertinently, they should not be exposed to grooming by pedophiles who happily take the queer label in exchange for access to their child victims.

Let’s keep what Queer Theory is front and centre in our minds – https://youtu.be/n-NseFg2kno