Drag industry is far from kid-friendly

In a recent photoshoot by “Huck Magazine,”  a 10-year-old Canadian drag queen named Nemis Quinn Melancon-Golden was photographed next to naked adult drag queen, Violet Chachki.

I am repulsed by the previous sentence and astonished to live in a society where many take no issue with the incident. “Drag Kids,” as they are now called, have become popular in recent years as drag culture becomes mainstream.

These young boys are encouraged to explore their sexuality and expression through dressing in drag, despite that the heavy make-up, seductive clothing and sexualized cartoonish character of drag queens is PG-13 to say the least. Drag at its core revolves around sexual promiscuity and is not at all child appropriate.

Any parent who thinks it’s okay to allow their child to be photographed with a naked man is clearly an unfit guardian. In one of the photo shoots that didn’t make the magazine, Melancon-Golden, in full drag makeup and a black dress is photographed standing next to Chachki, the season seven winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” who is wearing only a small piece of fabric covering his genitals.

Drag has never been my cup of tea. In fact, I have a strong distaste for it, but as it is a free country, adult men have the right to dress up as showgirls. Children, however, have no place in that industry. In the very article “Huck Magazine” published defending the child’s involvement in drag, they summed up exactly why children should be allowed nowhere near it.   

“Drag shows are, by their essence, adult-themed arenas characterized by bawdy humor and sexual references. In their rawest form, they probably aren’t the most suitable place for a 10-year-old to be hanging out. Conversely, however, all drag queens have to start out somewhere. So why not under the supervision of parents in a controlled environment?” said Jonathan Turton in the article “Queen Lactacia: what life is like as a child drag queen.”

Yes, that is sound logic: All drag queens must start somewhere. And while we’re at it, all strippers must start out somewhere too. So why not take our 10-year-old daughters to the local strip club, so they can “feel beautiful” and “express themselves” under the safe supervision of parents? Because any parent who did that would rightfully have the authorities called on them.

Young boys dressing in drag are praised by the mainstream media and hailed as brave young artists. But society must understand that the adolescent brain is not the same as an adult brain and children should not be placed in a situation to make adult decisions.

Most neuroscientists agree that the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that handles a variety of complex functions such as decision making, planning, impulse control, social interaction, personality and self-awareness, is not fully developed until at least the age of 20. This is why we are heavily reliant on our parents for the firsts 18 years of life and rely on them to guide us in our decisions.

Whatever your opinion is about drag, let us agree that it is adult entertainment and not a  family-friendly industry that we should whisk our sons off to the moment they put on their sister’s dress. Kids are kids, and while it is great for them to explore the world around them, it is a parent’s responsibility to protect them from situations that are not appropriate. Melancon-Golden’s mother needs to understand this and maybe next time she’ll think twice before allowing her son to pose next to a naked man.

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