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RuPaul's Drag Race and Philosophy Sissy That Thought

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By: Hendrik Kempt (Editor), Megan Volpert (Editor), Kate Bornstein (Foreword by)

The first truly philosophical exploration of the drag queen in the context of this ground-breaking reality TV show.

As RuPaul has said, this is the Golden Age of Drag—and that’s chiefly the achievement of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which in its eleventh year is more popular than ever, and has now become fully mainstream in its appeal. The show has an irresistible allure for folks of all persuasions and proclivities. Yet serious or philosophical discussion of its exponential success has been rare.

Now at last we have RuPaul’s Drag Race and Philosophy, shining the light on all dimensions of this amazing phenomenon: theories of gender construction and identity, interpretations of RuPaul’s famous quotes and phrases, the paradoxes of reality shows, the phenomenology of the drag queen, and how the fake becomes the truly authentic. The book includes a Foreword by the original "Gender Outlaw" Kate Bornstein.

About the Editors

Hendrik Kempt is Research Associate, FoKoS, University Siegen in Germany. He has authored several forthcoming articles on morality and AI.

Megan Volpert is the author of eight books and the co-editor of Tom Petty and Philosophy. She is a writer for PopMatters and a public high school teacher.

Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 2020

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