Ladies, My Inner Wannabe Drag Queen Wants to Have a Word

Why I think women need to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Taru Anniina Liikanen
5 min readDec 14, 2021


Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash

I started watching Drag Race in 2019, when my sister came for a visit to Argentina.

She turned on Netflix one day when we were having dinner, smartly choosing the amazing Season 11 to showcase how interesting the show is instead of beginning with the heavily filtered season 1 and going in order.

Perhaps I wasn’t really hooked after the first episode, but I slowly began getting invested and understanding how amazingly talented the performers are. After the Brooke Lynn Hytes-Yvie Oddly lip sync, I was sold.

I mean.

I’ve since watched every episode twice, as well as the All Stars and Untucked seasons available in my country. I’ve become a fan, and I’ve managed to get my best friend addicted to the show as well.

And I would say, as a cis bisexual woman who has never done drag, that I recommend it to everyone, whether they’re gay or straight. Especially women who have grown up thinking there was something wrong with our bodies.

If you can’t love yourself

The LGBTIQ community has been through some shit, and they still face discrimination and violence. Drag Race is reality TV with its villains and heroes, but it’s also a celebration of diversity, the relationships you build outside of your biological family, and the support of the community.

There are so many genital puns and details in the writing (like RuPaul looking for the contestant with the most Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent) but if there’s one important takeaway from the show, it’s RuPaul’s sign-off at the end of each episode.

“If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”




Taru Anniina Liikanen

Finnish by birth, porteña at heart. Recovering political ghostwriter and comedian. Bad jokes my own.

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