In drag on the drag

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What is the point of making drag and transgender so spectacular and campy in "The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert"? How are the road scene of landscape and encounters with Outback gender normates used as a backdrop for this gender extravagance and excess? Select one scene and analyze. How does this affect you as the spectator?

I would suggest that while drag is portrayed in a spectacular manner, Bernadette is not in her regular life, suggesting that transgender isn't treated in the same way. In a sense, drag is presented as being really campy to emphasize its role as something more solely theatrical in contrast with someone assigned to be male at birth who identifies as female. The road and landscape, as mentioned in the Robertson article, function as an inverse to the Wizard of Oz and show how out of place their gender performances are. They demonstrate how this type of presentation is unaccepted in mainstream Australia. Since we are meant to sympathize with the main characters, it is obvious that the problem is with society. Being a spectacle is also suggested to be an intrinsic part of drag performances since they're so obviously theatrical. In the scene where they go in drag down the drag this is particularly obvious. The hateful nature of the populace is connected with their refusal to accept the trio.

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