This is my response to this week’s Flashback Track Friday prompt, where we are asked to:
Share a piece of art that challenges gender roles.
My teenage years coincided with the Eighties.
I can remember lots of unwritten rules, which seem like nonsense now.
For example, there are two big, professional soccer teams in my home city, Liverpool and Everton. One was supposedly Catholic and the other Protestant.
Go figure! Someone please tell me how religion influences sport in this way.
Okay, the same was true in Glasgow, between Celtic and Rangers, and all of these teams did have genuine religious origins. Everton, my team, was originally a church team, a hundred and fifty years ago. But in the 1980s????
Or, when I was sixteen, I had my ear pierced. But I had to be careful; for the left ear meant I was straight, the right that I was gay. Huh?
Thank goodness that much of that nonsense is behind us.
But KK deliberately asks about gender roles, and the first thing which sprang to mind was this Queen track, where they’re all hilarious, I think. Now, everybody knows about Freddie’s sexuality, but it was far less well-known at the time, and seeing these guys in very obvious drag, performing traditional “women’s” tasks, surprised a lot of people.