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"Dressed Resembling A Girl" - an ode to Queer art!

Well, that's the authentic acronym for Drag indeed and it is more than what anyone perceives; true art performed by artists who needn't be queer at all. Take all the queerphobia, generalisation and typical gender norms out of your mind to comprehend the proper artistic side of Drag. Because it is the seed that's still bearing fruit in current society making the queer community accepted and respected against all odds. So what's better than Pride month to give an ode to this particular queer art.



William Shakespeare needs no introduction and his contribution to language, dramas, art, theatrical plays and literature speaks volumes of his personality even today though he belongs to the era of the 16s and 17s because of his unending charisma of writing, developing and characterising a story, a play or a mere poem. Indeed, his plays gave birth to the term Drag according to queer history. Unlike the modern gender scenario in our current era, females weren't allowed to flaunt themselves, their creative and artistic sides out in daylight and night in front of society as they used to get treated as childbearing machines restricted at home with cooking, taking care of children and yeah embroidery. Yet, the plays written by Shakespeare used to receive expected appreciation from the crowd even though his stories always tag female characters alongside male ones.



Do you know how? Even though most men were restrictive, rigid, conservative and constructive in those eras, it's because of a few artistic men, the word Drag promotes such an impact in today's life especially in the queer community. When the females weren't allowed to depict, portray and play the feminine characters of a play or his plays specifically, men stepped forward to own up to those characters by not just stepping into female clothes, hair and makeup but also their personifications in terms of playing all female roles the way they were supposed to, not only for the sake of enacting a play but also to entertain audiences and drama lovers to comprehend the emotions and importance of female characters in those stories. This little exciting history furthermore declares everything about how women were restricted and how men stay unaffected by substituting themselves as women by masquerading their masculinity with adapting femininity.



The sweet intriguing fact was when the performers in a play used to tag themselves with the characters they were supposed to pull off, things used to get a bit messy in terms of representation. If you know how theatrical plays and dramas work, you understand behind-the-scenes drama especially how green rooms suddenly turn into tornadoes with fashion storms. To eradicate the misplacements and misrepresentations of costumes of various characters, the management always segregates all the detailing after the name of the roles played by artists but to represent an artist to others, basically the audiences, people in costumes aren't enough, as their identities used to matter the most too to get a play portrayed smoothly. So out of necessity and with no force, artists who used to represent the gentle characters in feminine fashionable costumes were represented as members who 'dressed resembling a girl'. That's how drag bore its form and is now shaped as one of the most celebrated queer artistic performances in the current era.




Without drag performances and performers, there's no queer carnival, pride parade, or queer event. One thing always pokes people's minds, especially about a drag performer is gender. Strictly speaking, 'Drag' isn't an identity and even though a few theories or historical stories mention black transwomen used to drag their clothes with their huge trails to represent the queer community, break the stereotypes and fight for equal rights back in the 70s, drag performers aren't transgenders wholly. Back then in the Shakespearean era, homosexuality was taboo and hardly men used to represent themselves as gay; hence men used to play the female characters as part of their artistic performances. Their identities were never under the spotlight or a topic to discuss because everything was about art.



Now if you think drag queens are crossdressers, then you go completely wrong because they don't dress up in opposite-sex clothes, do their hair and makeup to deal with their fantasies or fetishes or just to feel femininity. Drag is something more than decking up as a female as it needs all the strength, passion and love to carry a persona with an entertaining aura and inspiring charm. Yes, without any doubt, the term got evolved in queer perspectives broadly and people gain special freedom in expressing themselves and their flamboyant feminine sides by adopting drag culture in their systems to entertain not only others but themselves, but it doesn't make it confined to queer spectrum. It is presently entitled as the most applauded queer art form but back then it was art from a broader perspective without restricting to a particular community.



Drag queens or people who 'dressed resembling a girl' in the current scenario, are one of the key factors for the evolvement of the queer community but on a wider image, drag is an art form that beautifully adds extra charm to queer arts. One can be straight, and masculine enough yet pull off the portrayal of the drag queen with exquisite clothing, hair and makeup if a person wants to contribute one's aesthetic vision in representing any effeminate role. Appreciate history the way it is, comprehend the motives without complicating and perceive the vision with an eye for art and literature.




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