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Women’s studies before were centred on the belief that people know who and what a woman is. In recent society however, we are starting to re-evaluate our gender and sexualities as being more than just the centered two (male and female). We have developed a vastly profound number of categories of acceptable gender identities. Society now talk about lesbians, gays, transgender people, transexual people, crossdressers, etc. One topic however that seems to be lacking in discussion is that of drag queens. The topic of drag queens is something that is often not addressed when talking about gender and sexuality. The focus is solely on different types of sexualities/genders. Leila Rupp however, decides to elaborate on this topic. In her paper, When Women’s Studies Isn’t About Women: Writing About Drag Queens, she talks about drags queens being an appropriate subject for women’s studies. She emphasizes that drag queens are individuals who construct for themselves, their own genuine genders. Who challenge traditional sex and gender roles, aiming to bend rules on societies gender norm stereotypes, and educate others in their own unique ways of what gender and sexuality means to them.In relation to gender, the category of drag queens extinguishes and challenges the long held typical gender categories and stereotypes (ie. men as masculine; women as feminine). Drag queens develop their own transgender identities which pushes heterosexual individuals to think in a different and elaborate manner about what it means to be a man or woman. In the drag queen shows described by Rupp, “…drag is itself the performance of protest, an intentional (and successful) way not only of building community among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people and educating straight audiences but also, as scholars would put it, “troubling” gender and sexuality” (Rupp, 59). She then goes on to talk about how these drag queens perform acts that step over boundaries for not just curious heterosexual individuals, but for also individuals who are gay, lesbian, transgender, woman-man, etc. By first asking the audience to identify themselves (ie. gay, lesbian, etc.), the drag queens then encourages heterosexuals to raise children of different identities. Rupp states “At first glance, this strategy seems to make concrete and distinct categories of sexuality and gender, but the girls (and the audience) are fanciful enough to make the point just the opposite” (Rupp, 61). They invite the audience to participate and get creative, ranging from gay men saying they’re a lesbian named Lisa, to the point the drag queens push boundaries and make heterosexual people interact in sexual ways with those whom are also either heterosexual or homosexual, whether it be a gay, lesbian, transgender, etc. These acts present and supply a notable and eloquent amount which challenge and transfigures sexual and gender types. “They make it impossible to think of the categories of man/woman and gay/straight in any simple way” (Rupp, 62). Although these acts may be a shock, they are able to fulfill their duty. “The drag queens intend to trouble gender, sexuality, and even bodies in these ways.” (Rupp, 62). “By crossing the lines of respectability, and involving the audience in that process, the drag queens blur the boundaries between themselves as marginal people and the audience as respectable in the same ways that they encourage people to act, if only for a moment, outside their sexual categories” (Rupp, 62) She then continues to explain how audience members concluded that labels don’t fit, and that the categories in the end don’t matter. “…see people that are different but commune together, or at least respect each other, wouldn’t the world be a little bit better a place?” (Rupp, 62-63). Drag queens also help us to learn and challenge social construction. Rupp explains “that social construction is about “choice” of one’s sexuality or social pressures that cause one to define oneself a particular way. Learning about drag queen sexual and gender identity helps to understand that it can help teach concepts of social constructionism through such identities and categories as “drag-queeness.” (65). As Rupp mentions, some of these girls have been drag queens a long time and being very comfortable in womens clothes, it led them to think for a while that they wanted to be women, when in actuality, being a drag queen for so long made them blind to the fact that they didn’t want to be women, but rather some identifying themselves as pulling away from that effeminate side and becoming a man, who likes to act as drag queens because they just feel like themselves. In her paper, she explain how Sushi (a drag queen) explained to her how when he was young, “he thought ‘Oh my god, I look like such a woman, maybe I am a woman.’ Then he realized, ‘I’m a drag queen…. That’s who I am.’ Then recently, … watching a television program about transgendered people and realizing, with great pain, I’m not a drag queen. I’m a closeted transsexual-transgendered person.”…’I’ve been a drag queen for so long, and my whole persona-I don’t want to try to change my whole personality again to Susie.’…’But now I’m realizing that it’s not that I realized I was a drag queen; I learned how to become a drag queen'” (Rupp, 64). Another drag queen, Gugi, also explains her attraction to men led her to desire to be a woman, and like her femininity she’s acquired over the years. Although gender and sexuality are rigid encounters, both are still ultimately a “choice” for oneself.When it comes to talking about gender and sexuality, drag queens are just as important of a topic to discuss as others like lesbians, gays, transgenders, etc. They are vital in not just women studies, but it everyday life. They help challenge the long held beliefs of sex and gender roles, aiming to bend rules on societies gender norm stereotypes, seeing sex and gender as flexible and fluid that what we have historically assumed, to educate others (ie, heterosexuals) in their own unique ways of what gender and sexuality means to them, and endorse an abundance of concepts and ideas which will help to further expand our knowledge and understandings of sex and gender in society with an unbiased and open mind..