Femininity and Global/Local Dissonance
This chapter investigates the culturally specific ways in which cross-dressing and dancing connect with issues of gender, sex, and sexuality through femininity. In particular, it examines the 1998 Drag Queen competition, looking at the ways in which local and Western styles are put together by contestants. Throughout the competition, references (through personas, clothing, music, and movements) were made to Western drag shows and to local styles of cross-dressing and dancing. The individual performances also drew upon Western and Cook Islands notions of feminine beauty, sexuality (both same and opposite sex), and gender roles. However, the interaction between local and Western styles in the 1998 Drag Queen competition was not considered particularly successful.
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