How a Body is Acting Upon:The Intersection of Race, Gender,Sexuality, and Performance (5 PAGES)

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Write a 5-Page Essay about a scene in Paris is Burning or Venus Boyz(refer to as "exhibit") in which you make an original argument. Engage the ideas of Judith Pamela Butler and Susan Sontag and use the interaction between them as a lens through which to better understand your exhibit and develop and/or complicate your own original ideas.Also Refer to "Disidentification" By Judith Butler


-Use the introduction to vividly describe and distill your exhibit and pose a fruitful question about it

-Introduce and Integrate your sources and set up a conversation.The sources can be used to establish the motive, provide key terms, support your claim, or argue with other interpretations

-Create an original argument that is rich and complex

-Craft strong topic and transition sentences to make reader based prose

-Establish a motive

-Use evidence fairly and persuasively

-Have cohesion and coherence in your prose on the sentence, paragraph, and essay level.


How a Body is Acting Upon:The Intersection of Race, Gender,Sexuality, and Performance (5 PAGES)

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School: Cornell University


Surname 1
Student Name
The Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Performance

Paris is Burning documentary is all about the question of identity. The issue of identity in
the documentary is intersected within sexuality, gender, class and race. It challenges the entire
public to revisit their judgment on the above issues as she tries to unravel the dynamic world of
what she terms as the ball culture (Bailey 16). According to the documentary, all the stars are
presented in a position with relatively no power in society said to be dominated by white male
adults. Most of the performers in the documentary are blacks or Latinos, gays or transgender. In
essence, the documentary is concerned with the idealized notion of whiteness. The film depicts a
world of the black gays, the idea of being feminine as only focused on the whites. The overall
feeling presented in the documentary is that while the issue of gender identity and deviation from
the cultural norms are critical, the issue of class is fundamental. The documentary is simply
about the culture around balls in relation to black drag queens in Harlem. Directly related are the
feminist critique of the documentary Disidentification by Judith Butler and Susan Sontag ideas.
While it is important to understand the dynamics through which Judith and Susan give their
ideas, people’s subjectivity affects how they view the idea of freedom and expression as a maleidentified individual. The key question, therefore, is; Is Paris is Burning about race, class or

Surname 2
The ideas put across by the critics of Paris is Burning underrates the ideas that gender is
a uniformly and inherently performativity aspect. Femininity is instrumentalised in a way that
reinforces the patriarchal relationships within the gender binary upon which the critics reflect
(Bragin 65). However, their assessment of the underground ballroom scene as part of the project
is inaccurate. There is more to Paris is Burning, the ballroom scene more broadly, and the
individuals that hooks identify as "Black males who take appearing in drag seriously” (Hook
147). Some critics of the scene are that they have limited conception of what is and what is not
drag. Ballrooms, drag races and the like assume an understanding of gender pe...

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