Recently, while attempting to explain the verb to drag to a student she expressed surprise as she had only heard the word drag associated with drag queens. Of course I didn’t know where the drag in drag queens came from and had to look it up in order to give her some kind of answer. I was astonished when I found out that the drag in drag queens is not a word at all but instead an acronym. DRAG simply means “Dressed Resembling A Girl” and queen is a disparaging name for male homosexuals that is not used much anymore.
Most studies agree that about 10% of the human race is gay, and about 1% is asexual, and there are all kinds of classifications in between, but with the great majority being heterosexual. Most of us are amused by drag queens in movies, but know little of them in real life. I learned three things about them. First of all, they are not necessarily gay. Most are, but some are hetero, some are asexual, and just about all of them are “simply whatever they wish to be”. The second thing I learned is that most drag queens do not want to become women. And the third thing is that straight-acting gays appreciate the fact that many drag queens, not having shy personalities, have become activists and are at the forefront of the fight for LGBT causes and rights, educating people along the way. And just so you know, there are also drag kings. They are females who dress in masculine clothing and are as diverse as drag queens. Most drag kings are entertainers and most are lesbian, but they can also be bisexual, transgender, straight and anything genderqueer, which is an umbrella term for a person who does not feel he or she can identify to any conventional gender distinction.
Tattoos have been around for more than 5,000 years. Egyptians, for example, used tattoos to differentiate between peasants and slaves, a kind of social branding. But ink art, which is what some fans like to call tattooing, has really exploded in the past 25 years. But not all of us have succumbed to this fad. And many of us who don’t have a tattoo have a favorite mug. Having a tattoo or becoming attached to a mug are not dissimilar. According to research, 60% of Americans say they have an emotional attachment to a favorite mug. And about 40% said their special mug was irreplaceable, and about 1/3 of those said they would be devastated if it broke. Personally, I think that most of these people don’t have tattoos. Mugs and tattoos are both an extension of our personalities, and both express the way we would like the world to perceive us. That is not to mention, of course, that those of us who have tattoos or mugs are often irrationally attached to them.