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megimoo
12-13-2009, 08:53 PM
Pageant with a difference challenges homophobia
Cellulite and curves take on straight Venezuela

VIDEO AT LINK

"Queer Wildebeest on Parade,Wildebeest is Dutch for wild beast."

Music swells, lights flash and the contestants strut on to the stage, waving and blowing kisses. All wear high heels, bikinis and wide smiles.

It is another beauty pageant in Venezuela, a self-styled "beauty superpower" which worships physical perfection and has won the two most recent Miss Universe titles. But this show in Caracas is different.

Even from the back of the theatre you notice something striking about the contestants. They are men. Large,"Queer",chubby men.

Welcome to Miss Fat Gay Venezuela, a pageant with a new type of queen. The contest, the first of its kind, smashes taboos in a society that equates beauty with svelte, cosmetically enhanced women.

"We want to show that we too can be beautiful and sexy," said Alexander Armas, 50, an organiser whose rotund figure has earned the nickname Compote. "We're invaded by images of thin people. It's time to do something about it."

By flaunting homosexuality, cross-dressing and ample curves the contest embraces and subverts Venezuela's passion for pageants.

Thousands of young women compete in contests every year. Winners go on to a "beauty factory" in Caracas which grooms them for pageants with a severe regime of dieting, exercise and surgery.

The inaugural Miss Fat Gay contest respects some conventions there are evening gowns, swimsuits and talk of helping poor children but annihilates others. Cellulite spills from fabric, the jokes are risque and same-sex unions are celebrated.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/06/venezuela-gay-beauty-pageant

Gingersnap
12-14-2009, 10:26 AM
Yet again human males take over some female-specific activity and attempt to tell genetic women that they've been doing it wrong. :rolleyes:

Why women believe that gay men are less harmful or more helpful than heterosexual men is beyond me. Effeminate gay men waste huge amounts of time perpetuating stereotypes about genetic women that range from insulting to humiliating.

If it isn't okay for a white man to get up in blackface and pretend to some kind of ghetto shtick, why is okay for a gay man to dress like a beauty queen and shriek and cry for amusement?

PoliCon
12-14-2009, 10:28 AM
Yet again human males take over some female-specific activity and attempt to tell genetic women that they've been doing it wrong. :rolleyes:

Why women believe that gay men are less harmful or more helpful than heterosexual men is beyond me. Effeminate gay men waste huge amounts of time perpetuating stereotypes about genetic women that range from insulting to humiliating.

If it isn't okay for a white man to get up in blackface and pretend to some kind of ghetto shtick, why is okay for a gay man to dress like a beauty queen and shriek and cry for amusement?

Because gays and blacks are both far more protected than are women. After all - you are the majority.