Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School/College

Department of Sociology

Committee Chair

Kathy Kuipers

Commitee Members

Daisy Rooks, Elizabeth Hubble


drag, lgbt, male privilege, gender


University of Montana

Subject Categories

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Inequality and Stratification | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Sociology | Women's Studies


Within the gay and lesbian community, there is a smaller community of drag performers. These entertainers make a performance of gender stereotypes. Non-male performers have observed that male privilege is reproduced in this community despite a hyper awareness of oppressions and gender status. Using an online questionnaire I examined male privilege and non-male marginalization in United States drag communities. I asked drag performers about their perceptions of themselves and their perceptions of other performers within their local drag communities. I find that self-perceptions of privilege are highest for male performers and self-perceptions of marginalization are higher for non-male performers. I also find that, overall, perceptions of privilege are highest for drag queens and that perceptions of marginalization are lowest for drag queens.



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