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  • Saturday, March 18, 2006

    The star spangled fantasyland of the fake

    This article, from today's Guardian makes for a very worthwhile read:

    Bogus masculine posturing seems to be the style of the current US administration. Its most conspicuous expression was perhaps Bush's "Mission Accomplished" photo opportunity after the invasion of Iraq. There he was, this veteran of the home guard, clad in a snug-fitting flight suit, strutting the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln among real warriors, and claiming victory. It was, wrote one commentator, "a masculine drag performance". Similar posturing went on in the Republican convention before the last presidential election: politicians whose own warlike masculinity was nonexistent strove very effectively to effeminise John Kerry, who really had been a hero. So we had Cheney, rather obscenely, accusing the Democratic candidate of wanting to show al-Qaida a "softer side", and muscle-bound Arnold Schwarzenegger making his famous reference to "girlie-men".

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    2 Comments:

    At 3/18/2006 11:25:00 pm, Blogger Jez said...

    interesting take on drag-dom. the show must go on!

     
    At 3/19/2006 08:00:00 am, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    I have to wonder what Bush and cohorts would say about being equated to drag artists, I doubt they'd like the inferrence.

     

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