Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Think Tank Tuesday 2/7/15: Blackface Similar To Drag?

Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Mary Cheney has the internet in an uproar with her recent comments comparing dressing in drag to blackface. Here's what she said:

[Why is it socially acceptable—as a form of entertainment—for men to put on dresses, make up and high heels and act out every offensive stereotype of women (bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty, etc.)—but it is not socially acceptable—as a form of entertainment—for a white person to put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African Americans? Shouldn’t both be OK or neither? Why does society treat these activities differently?source

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Is drag offensive to femininity and can drag really be compared to blackface?

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