WaPo ‘Perspective’ Defends Drag Queen Story Hour, Child Sexualization As ‘Sincere Healthy Event’

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The Washington Post op-ed Page defended drag queen story hours, which inherently sexualize children, arguing “drag queens are not the ones who sexualize drag story hours.”

“There is nothing inherently sexual about defying traditional gender norms,” wrote Monica Hesse, who also said, “A not-small number of hours in my early twenties were spent attending drag shows at a basement-level gay club in the Dupont neighborhood. Circle in Washington.”

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“It was silly, it was campy,” Hesse said. “It got me thinking in new ways about what it meant to act like a man or a woman, to perform masculinity or femininity.”

And yet, Hesse seems to make her experience as an adult attending drag shows ambiguous with that of toddlers being asked to give dollar bills to scantily clad adult men and learn how to “perform” for money.

I quote Susan Sontag’s comments about ‘Camp’, the… WaPo opinion seems to admit that at least part of the motive is for children to attend these events.

The idea is indeed to see “everything in quotes”.

“It is not a lamp, but a ‘lamp’; not a woman, but a ‘woman,’ wrote Sontag. “To perceive Camper in objects and persons is to understand Being-as-Playing-a-Role. It is the furthest extension, in sensibility, of the metaphor of life as theater.”

Logically, biological existence and gender should therefore also be seen ‘in quotes’.

And according to Hesse, the performance of drag queens for children is only “when performers with glamorous hair and makeup come to libraries to learn lessons about tolerance and self-acceptance and read books aloud.”

Indeed, the op-ed argued, child drag queen performances are undeniably not sexual.

Echoing Christopher Rufo’s comment that conservatives should call drag queens “transstrippers,” Hesse argued that conservatives only want to be successful if “the debate has to be shifted to “sexualization,” because without such a shift there would be no debate. ”

Obviously, “there would just be a nice queen in heavy eyeliner reading The Little Engine That Could.”

Parental rights bills, such as the one in Florida made headlines after leftists mistakenly tagged it with the name “don’t say gay,” Hesse argued, in part because “no one is forcing a parent to take their child to a Drag Queen Story Hour.” ”

“The children who do attend are not exposed to pornography,” she continued, although critics would certainly argue otherwise. “They are exposed to children’s books for children.”

Indeed, some of the “children’s books for children” contain depictions of pornography and pedophilia, as Breitbart News has reported.

Referring to child-directed drag as a “genuinely healthy event,” Hesse said the problem “isn’t parental rights. No sexualization. Not the content of what the drag queens read to the kids. It’s the existence of drag queens.”

Critics may agree with that statement as half-true, just because it seems Hesse misses their point: The problem for critics is the existence of drag queens — and the gender confusion and inherent sexualization they represent — for children.

In an effort to redefine the word “grooming,” Hesse argued that conservatives are not concerned about their children being molested, and “grooming” does not mean “care for sex,” but rather conservatives are concerned about “care for sex.” life’.

For Hesse, conservatives are concerned about the obviously innocent “children who make for a big, accepting, candid kind of life in which there are far worse things in the world than a little boy growing up doing a creepy impersonation of Cher.”

“Educating children to accept themselves and accept others who look or talk differently from them” is what conservatives fear.

According to Hesse, what really matters is the marginalized victim groups that the left likes to quote and their evil perpetrators: parents, families and conservatives.

“This is about a backstabbing group of people who say they care about the well-being of children, but who really care about spreading outrage against vulnerable scapegoats,” Hesse said. “Maybe they turned their attention to drag queens because they too are into theatre: a never-ending performance where they heroically take on one supposedly sinister villain after another: feminists, Muslims, Black Lives Matter protesters, Hunter Biden, migrant caravans, and so on.”

“On the one hand, you have flamboyant, dramatic characters trying to mess with kids’ minds,” she concluded. “And on the other side you have drag queens.”

Breccan F. Thieso is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFthies.

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