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The Engish preoccupation wih 'Drag' acts

In Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Winsdor, a play almost entirely devote to badinage, sexual innuendo and double entendre, Falstaff is dressed up as the 'the fat woman of Brentford' and this English appetite for theatricality and hetreogenity continues, it is many way an English preoccupation that has continued to present day television performers, limps wrists and all, impersonating women  for comic emphasis.

One could argue, as it combines a fear of the feminine and a latent homo eroticism, that is one of those manifestations of the English imagination which elicits wonder and incredulity; it is as Peter Ackroyd argues in Albion, it is truly inexplicable but there lies its strength and persistence.

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