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    "Drag Queen Story Time"at the public library

    I kid you not, it is a real thing.

    I like a good drag show and Queens as much as anyone, and I even enjoy a BAD drag show, but really, this just seems too try hard.

    Small children in St. Louis certainly got their dose of Diversity today.

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    I expect those that walked there locally, did. Then parents of those that didn't want to see it, would take their children and leave.

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    Dressing up drag is a different variant on Halloween, but times change I guess.

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    i suppose that once you boil it all down it's just someone in a crazy costume, who knows how to engage an audience, reading books to kids. It's probably not necessary to include a history lesson about Stonewall. All a parent has to do is explain that the guy thinks it's fun to dress up in women's clothing and act silly.

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    IrisLilies.......What was the library's intent here? Is there someone on staff who is a drag queen? Not sure why they would do this........but it seems like anything and everything can and does go on here in the good ol' U.S. of A.

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    We have them here, and people love it. Just a fun way to read books. I had a summer volunteer whl was a storyteller who wore different hats and really engaged the kids. If you don't like it then don't take your kids, like most things

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    I don't see it as any different than showing Some Like it Hot or Bosom Buddies. Maybe that kind of thing is considered scandalous somewhere.
    I tried to schedule myself around Story Hour, personally. Even a cleverly styled drag queen wouldn't have made it tolerable for me.

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    Maybe I don't understand this post. Is this just a kids' story time? Maybe I've watched too many Law and Orders to appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    I don't see it as any different than showing Some Like it Hot or Bosom Buddies. Maybe that kind of thing is considered scandalous somewhere.
    I tried to schedule myself around Story Hour, personally. Even a cleverly styled drag queen wouldn't have made it tolerable for me.
    Would you show either of those films to 4 year olds as a child centered program?

    This is confusing to me. Female sterotypes of dressing in heels, sparkly dress and false whatevers in order to create and enhance a traditional female form, and parading around in such, brings distain from the left when it takes place at a beauty pageant. Not a good image for our young girls to emulate.

    But dressing up in heels, sparkly dress and false whatevers in order to mimic and enhance a traditional female form is A-ok for story time readers who lead a program for those same young girls.

    The illogic is staggering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe Girl View Post
    We have them here, and people love it. Just a fun way to read books. I had a summer volunteer whl was a storyteller who wore different hats and really engaged the kids. If you don't like it then don't take your kids, like most things
    A reader who employs different--hats? That's your analogy to drag queens? Ok, not in the same ball park although looks like the same ball park, but, OK.

    I think a program for teens and adults about drag makeup or full on drag regalia might be fun. But what four year olds are supposed to take away from this program, I just do not know.

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