Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH or DSH) advocates like to stress they are teaching children diversity, inclusion, non-violence and respect for all. All true, and teaching those values to children is a worthy project.
They are also outspoken apostles of Deconstruction, Critical Theory, Queer Pedagogy, Drag Pedagogy, and preaching Queer Theory. They want to remake society by “queering” children and mainstreaming “gender fluidity.”
What is Drag Story Hour?
It’s just what it sounds like! Storytellers using the art of drag to read books to kids in libraries, schools, and bookstores.
DSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.
In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where everyone can be their authentic selves!
“bringing queer ways of knowing and being into the education of young children”
Here’s more from the scholarly paper Drag Pedagogy
Many elements of DQSH are common to early childhood schooling: bright colours, music, art, and imaginative play. There is an adult teacher leading a classroom of young students. What is different, though, is that the teacher is a drag queen. She breaks the limiting stereotype of a teacher: she is loud, extravagant, and playful. She encourages children to think for themselves and even to break the rules. She is the exponential product of Ms. Frizzle and Bob the Drag Queen. She is a queer teacher.
Drag Queen Story Hour provides a generative extension of queer pedagogy into the world of early childhood education.
Book selections often include queer and/or trans characters, gender-transgressive themes, or narratives about not fitting in and finding one’s voice. Some translate drag’s penchant for taboo to kids’ ideas of silly topics, like making a mess or potty time (Brooklyn Public Library, n.d.).
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I am against banning any of this in public libraries or other public spaces. Doing so would be unconstitutional.
I am also against allowing such people to proselytize children in public schools where attendance is compulsory.
Queer Pedagogy zealots are not delivering truth. They are preaching an opinion. There is no difference between allowing them to evangelize captive school children than allowing other groups to come in and indoctrinate children into Ayn Rand libertarianism, Southern Baptist theology, or 18th century Bavarian folkways.
In their own words, this is about challenging the very ideas of sex and gender. They cleverly couch it in acceptance and tolerance, but their plainly-stated goal is deconstructing and destroying society and cultural norms they believe are oppressive. What gets rebuilt from the rubble is anyone’s guess, but a survey of history and human nature tells us it won’t be their imagined fantasy island.
See below for a short glossary of definitions and please tell us, what say you?
What is Queer Pedagogy?
Queer pedagogy (QP) is an academic discipline devoted to exploring the intersection between queer theory and critical pedagogy, which are both grounded in Marxist critical theory. It is also noted for challenging the so-called “compulsory cisheterosexual and normative structures, practices, and curricula” that marginalize or oppress non-heterosexual and non-cisgendered individuals.
Source: Wikipedia, see also: Queer Pedagogy
What is Critical Pedagogy?
According to the academia, critical pedagogy is a “philosophy of education that has developed and applied concepts from critical theory” (Kincheloe, 1997), “It views teaching as an inherently political act, reject the neutrality of knowledge, and insist that issues of social justice and democracy itself are not distinct from acts of teaching and learning” (Giroux 2007).
Source: Critical Pedagogy: What is it?, see also: Queer Pedagogy
What is Queer Theory?
Queer theory is a way of thinking that dismantles traditional assumptions about gender and sexual identities. The field emerged from sexuality studies and women’s studies. Queer theorists analyze gender and sexuality as socially and culturally constructed concepts. The goal of queer theory is to challenge traditional academic approaches and fight against social inequality.
Source: Indiana University, see also Queer Theory: Background