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Dancing from the HeartMovement, Gender, and Sociality in the Cook Islands$
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Kalissa Alexeyeff

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832445

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832445.001.0001

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Paramount Queens

Paramount Queens

Femininity and Global/Local Dissonance

(p.107) Chapter Four Paramount Queens
Dancing from the Heart

Kalissa Alexeyeff

University of Hawai'i Press

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.

Keywords:   drag queen competition, cross-dressing, Cook Islands, sexuality, gender, feminine beauty, drag shows, femininity

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