I’m not particularly a fan of low end drag shows.
But I’m going to defend them and the TS/TG sisters who work those shows for a living.
Not everyone has a fucking Law Degree. Not every one has a fucking MBA or degree in engineering.
A lot of sisters who work these shows do not even have High School Diplomas.
The same is true of sisters who do sex work.
There is a level of classism that acts like a Trans-inclusive ENDA will solve all the problems TS/TG Folks have with employment.
That is pretty absurd given the problems of class based employment discrimination and the class war that denies people o the lower rungs of the socio-economic scale a living wage.
When I came out street wisdom said there were three employment opportunities open to me… Hair dressing, performing and prostitution. I didn’t do hair. There was no call for anyone reading poetry/performing folk music on the show circuit so I did sex work.
Both performers and hair dressers look down on the sex workers.
But something else comes through now and then when I listen to the Transgender Borg Collective and that is how often I detect a smell of heterosexism and homophobia on the part of formerly heterosexual people toward people who came out through the gay community and who continue to have roots in the gay community.
The other thing is how often the TS/TG sisters being subjected to the criticism that smacks of classism are also people of color…
For what it is worth… Last year’s tizzy over the use of “trannie” had that same smell of classism and heterosexism.
Interesting article in this week’s Dallas Observer: http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-05-05/news/tacos-y-mas/2/
Tortillas and Trannies at Dallas Taquerías
Transgender “travesty shows” help fill the seats at Dallas taquerías.
By Jose Ralat Maldonado
Thursday, May 5 2011
“Pistol-whipping” dick jokes, littered with chingas and pinches, spill from the glossy lips of an eye-poppingly beautiful woman in a rat-a-tat rhythm that keeps time with her hips as they shake to the beat of a Selena Gomez song. Colored lights above the corner stage whir back and forth, accentuating her dance moves at a taquería in East Dallas.
The restaurant, one-room Los Altos de Jalisco on Abrams Road, is decorated with beer flags and framed pastoral scenes leading back to a galley kitchen, where the cook is better at flirting with the waitress than reheating tortillas. It’s a sleepy place during lunch hours, when, if more than one table is occupied, it’s a rush. But that’s not uncommon among the scores of tiny taco shops across the city. The only thing that makes Los Altos stand out from other taco joints is the white delivery van parked outside. Pasted on its sides are colorful ads for weekend drag shows.
Sandra Cavalli, headliner of the La Catharaita show on Thursday nights at El Parral, struts across the floor. Her shtick involves direct interaction with the audience, such as caressing a shoulder and begging a married father-to-be to be gay for her. Cavalli walks the line between grotesque humor and vaudevillian zinger. Equally risque is her onstage “sister” Camilla Cavalli, a young male performer transitioning into womanhood, a 5-o’clock shadow juxtaposed with nascent breasts and long black hair, who hikes up her skirt to reveal a cleanly shaven thigh and gyrates to the cumbia blasting over the sound system.
A man in the audience, sitting with an attractive female date, whistles and catcalls during the numbers. He even bends over and digs his butt into a performer’s crotch and is ignored as if he were part of the bedazzling act pushed along by the DJ at the back of the stage, ready to add a prerecorded rim shot to a cheesy punchline. As Duarte and Cavalli both said on separate occasions, “What we do is comedy.”
Complete article at: http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-05-05/news/tacos-y-mas/2/
Now I know the Transgender Borg are often outraged by these carryings on… But shit some of my TG Borg Sisters are more humor impaired than even many of feminists from the 1970s. But hat is one major problem in movements that are overly fond of political correctness.