Presidents in Drag: Under Cartoon Petticoats A Subversive Sexism
Outgoing President Hayes as Cinderella, sitting at home by the fireside as her pompous ugly sisters former President Ulysses S. Grant, just back from a world tour and corrupt U.S. Senator Roscoe Conkling head out to the Republican Convention with an arrogant confidence that they will win the 1880 nomination. In this Halloween season, there’s no better time to look back at what is perhaps the most peculiar propensity of the past presidency. Unknown to most Americans is the custom, begun in 1840 of male Presidential candidates and Presidents cross-dressing as every possible type of woman. For some reason, only two,
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Categories: Political Satire, Presidents
Tags: Abraham Lincoln, drag, George W. Bush, James Buchanan, John F. Kennedy, political cartoons, sexism, Theodore Roosevelt