‘Queer and Now’, Tate Britain, 24 June 2017
Queer theorist Jack Halberstam asserted nearly twenty years ago that female masculinity is not simply a bad copy of the real deal, but an important entity in its own right. Masculinity without men, he argued, not only throws the connection between sex and gender into turmoil, but also is crucial to the definition of masculinity itself. Despite the countless ways that female masculinity can be expressed, it continues to remain a largely invisible phenomenon, at least outside of queer contexts. This episode of the O Show celebrates the experience and expression of female masculinity.
In order to provoke thought as well as entertain, this episode features live performance from Pecs: The Drag King collective and interviews with three guest artists: gender variant visual artist Del LaGrace Volcano, the actor and drag king Temi Wilkey and boyish performance artist Lucy Hutson. Through these artists’ candid accounts from the non-binary battlefield, we explore female masculinity from their unique perspectives in all its shameless glory.
Running order and time codes:
Oriana’s opening monologue, 00:50
Pecs Drag Kings, Drag King Cole (Temi Wilkey) and Thrustin Limbersnake (Lauren Steele) perform ‘Brand New’, 07:03
Lucy Hutson Interview, 10:21
Temi Wilkey Interview, 23.55
Del LaGrace Volcano, 35:52
Drag King Cole (Temi Wilkey) performs ‘Black Power’, 59:25 (NB: This performance may be triggering for Black viewers as it includes sound recordings of the murder of Philando Castille at the hands of the police.)
See part 2 for the panel discussion.