Gendered categories of "masculinity" and "femininity" are socially constructed concepts and societal ideals about an appropriate masculine or feminine behavior vary from culture to culture, depending upon various socio-historical circumstances (eg. Butler 1990). In other words, what is considered "socially appropriate" behavior for a female or male (today) is not the same as a century ago. Holestar acknowledges this through her performances and subverts expectations of what is permissable for a male to female performer, and those that are permissable for a 'flamboyant woman'.
- Butler, J. (1990). Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge.