Posted by: Amelia | June 20, 2007

What A Drag

Girls can wear jeans
And cut their hair short
Wear shirts and boots
‘Cause it’s OK to be a boy
But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading
‘Cause you think that being a girl is degrading

– Madonna, “What It Feels Like For A Girl”

Rudy Giuliani’s occasional forays into crossdressing have been well-documented. It is not surprising that Giuliani’s Republican opponents would want to bring it up time and again to scare the right-wing base. What bothers me more is how much I see Rudy’s drag ‘antics’ mentioned on liberal blogs in a distinctly snide manner. From Garrison Keillor to my home-state favorite Horse’s Ass, snickering at Rudy’s ‘penchant’ for crossdressing and republishing photos of his drag moments are common methods of cutting the candidate down to size. Ha ha, look! He’s dressed up like a woman! It reminds me of the old playground taunt: “you throw like a girl.” Sure, you’re trying to insult the individual, but only by making a negative implication about a whole class of people in the process.

Perhaps liberals are pointing out Republican hypocrisy, it could be argued. Given that Giuliani is the most liberal Republican candidate on a variety of social issues, though, this defense rings a little false. It could also be argued that Giuliani’s crossdressing itself was insensitive to both women and actual crossdressers, though apparently he received positive reviews from real drag queens. I really can’t say whether his drag appearances were more of the mocking, misogynistic frat-boy-in-blue-eyeshadow variety or just good-natured fun in the big flamboyant city. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and suspect the latter. I’m not a Rudy supporter by any means, but I think liberals ought to hold themselves to a higher standard than repeating the talking points of Giuliani’s right-wing detractors.


  1. Well put.

  2. I’ve noted it before, but always in the context of “wait till the fundies get a load of this.” There’s nothing snide in it for me, as though it demeans Giuliani; it’s more about how his prior actions will potentially bite him in the ass as the primaries get closer.

  3. Well put indeed; sorry ol’ Garrison took that ploy.

  4. Believe me, on the increasingly vast list of things to crap on Giuliani for, including:

    *His utter ignorance of issues relating to terrorism, despite portraying himself as a national security authority

    *His excessive support of graft and corruption in his administration (Remember Bernie Kerik)?

    *His crass methods of handling his personal life, especially his marriage

    *His cryptofascist desire to consolidate power for himself at the expense of all else

    …I WISH his biggest fault was that he likes to put the lipstick and high heels on. Shit, if that was all there was to worry about, I might vote for him.

    Okay, maybe not.

  5. But that’s just it: why characterize it as a fault? Why is it something you would worry about?

    I’m not going to vote for him either, but his few instances of crossdressing are neutral to my decision.

  6. Oh, to me, it’s not a fault. πŸ˜‰ Sorry if I wasn’t clear about that. πŸ™‚

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