International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Gender Performativity and Self-Perception: Drag as Masquerade
Jessica Strübel-Scheiner

Abstract
Research has shown that gay men are more prone to body image disorders than their heterosexual counterparts. This mixed methods exploratory study investigated the levels of self-esteem, body-esteem levels, and femininity in a group of drag queens in the Dallas, Texas area. Participants were interviewed and completed the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the Personal Attributes Questionnaire, and the Body–Esteem Scale. Results showed that the participants scored above average on levels of femininity, and although the participants did not have lower than average self-esteem scores, there is a correlation between high femininity scores and low male body-esteem scores. This study was limited by the small number of participants, but does indicate a need for further investigation into the self-perception challenges faced by drag queens.

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