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151—Liberal Women & Drag Queens—Darel Paul

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 16, 2023 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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What’s behind the increasing popularity of drag queens and drag shows in America? Why is half the audience of RuPaul’s Drag Race now composed of young liberal women? How has the drag subculture, originally intended as a frivolous and self-consciously artificial deconstruction of masculinity, paradoxically become one of progressivism’s most potent symbols of earnest and authentic self-expression?

Darel Paul, professor of political science at Williams College, joins the podcast to discuss his recent First Things essay “Drag Queens”. Attempting to answer the questions above, he brings forth insights about the relation between the LGBT movement, “wokeness”, and America’s largely female-driven therapeutic culture.


Darel Paul, “Drag Queens”

Darel Paul, “Under the Rainbow Banner”

Darel Paul, From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage

Psychologist Dr. William Coulson on how he led many religious sisters away from their vocations

James L. Nolan Jr., The Therapeutic State: Justifying Government at Century’s End

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  • Posted by: wwb1175032 - Jan. 28, 2023 1:34 PM ET USA

    I wish everyone had a chance to read the resource links on this podcast. Very insightful to me.

  • Posted by: mary_conces3421 - Jan. 17, 2023 10:17 PM ET USA

    Carl Rogers--and even more so, his young assistant, William Coulson, found that normal people were not helped by his type of therapy--and neurotic people were harmed, regardless of how it helped genuine psychotics. Maslow also had regrets, I believe.

  • Posted by: mary_conces3421 - Jan. 17, 2023 9:48 PM ET USA

    As you've been describing this phenomenon, which I've been doing my best to ignore, I'm anticipating Mr. Paul by saying to the screen--they want to belittle men! Glad ( or maybe sad) to be affirmed.

  • Posted by: Thomas V. Mirus - Jan. 17, 2023 5:11 PM ET USA

    philtech2465: Thanks for pointing that out. I accidentally embedded the wrong video and have now fixed it.

  • Posted by: philtech2465 - Jan. 16, 2023 8:26 PM ET USA

    Um, the video is actually about "Mad Max: Fury Road".