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All about Drag Kings:

Donna Troka, organizer of the first International Drag King Extravaganza in Columbus Ohio in 1999, and...

Kegan Allee, a west coast scholar who is investigating the effects of gender performance on so-called natural bodies...

...on the history of drag kings and gender in performance, the DK extravaganza, and much more

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• The heat of summer and the beach
• Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake" cautions
• "The Matrix Reloaded" flops
• "But I'm A Cheerleader" spoofs ex-gay ministries
• Jeff Jacoby's Boston Globe rant against gay marriage
• Boston Globe on difference between men and women
• Genetics, chromosomes and gender
13:39 Question of the Week
" Have you ever thought about the "advantage" afforded those who are willing to utilize more brain bandwidth by not ignoring the "gender shadow"? It seems to me that gay/trans people often have more "depth of character". Is this the result of the extra introspection that comes with the territory or is it something else? "
(from: John)
20:49 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
31:05 Boston area (and national) announcements
37:35 Special Message
38:41 While most people have known about Drag Queens for a long time, but only more recently heard about Drag Kings, they have, in fact, been around for just as long. In this special extended interview, two leading scholars who are studying the drag king phenomenon share with us some of their observations and findings. Donna Troka, organizer of the first International Drag King Extravaganza, joins with Kegan Allee, a graduate student in Women's Studies at San Diego State University whose thesis explores the feminist possibilities of drag, to explore the history of drag, including queens, kings, and 'bio' drag.

Donna Troka also co-edited "The Drag King Anthology", co-published simultaneously as "The Journal of Homosexuality."

• International Drag King Extravaganza! webpage:
• DC Drag Kings links page
Drag King Timeline
87:57 End
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