The Powers of Gender

Posted in self help by Steph Auteri on February 22, 2008
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drag king.

Okay, you’re going to have to endure another of my self-help-via-memoir posts, as I’ve been reading a lot of those lately. Though this one wasn’t necessarily meant to be self-help. It just made me think…and I thought you might enjoy hearing about it.

So I just finished reading Norah Vincent’s Self-Made Man (yes, I know, I saw her read over a year ago; better late than never). For the purposes of the book, Vincent drag king’d herself up and passed as a man for over a year in order to study the sociological effects of gender. During her time as a man, she infiltrated a men’s bowling league, a men’s therapy group, and a monastery, and scored multiple high-paced sales jobs, visited strip clubs, and went on dates with both men and woman. Throughout the course of this experience, she gained a deeper understanding of the male/female and male/male dynamics and, oddly enough, developed a deeper connection to her feminine side.