What a Drag: How Cross-Dressing in 20th Century Comedy Films Reinforces Ideas of Hegemonic Masculinity
This presentation explores the representation of masculinity in the act of cross-dressing in comedy films. This was a popular element of comedy films in the 20th century specifically, but it continues to have a profound importance in contemporary society. By drawing on Raewyn Connell's idea of hegemonic masculinity I argue that we can better understand not only the act of cross-dressing in comedy films, but also its effect on women and LGBTQ+ people in the light of an integrative approach to the study of cinematic art and the expression of masculinity in American society and culture.
Boch, Rachel, "What a Drag: How Cross-Dressing in 20th Century Comedy Films Reinforces Ideas of Hegemonic Masculinity" (2021). Spring Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. 108.