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The House of Mann provided costumes for Dorian Electra's New Video "Man to Man"

"Man To Man" OUT NOW! Stream & Download: https://ffm.to/dorian_electra_man_to_man Follow Dorian Electra on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dorianelectra/ New Merch!!!

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Pop artist Dorian Electra has always been a critic of the way our society talks about gender. Through many of their videos and songs, Electra has pointed out time and time again that gender is nothing but a construct and that the different ways society interacts with gender can be dangerous and harmful.

Electra continued their work of educating the people with their new video for “Man to Man,” which effortlessly handles the complex subject of toxic masculinity. Throughout the video, Electra appears onscreen depicting different variations of “real men”; the star dresses as a boxer, a knight, a street fighter, a matador and many other archetypes.

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But the lyrics Electra sings point out the inherent ridiculousness of our concept of “manliness.” While dressed as stereotypically macho men, Electra asks the men listening whether or not they are truly as hardened as they claim to be. “Are you bad enough to soften up?/ Are you tough enough to open up?” Electra asks.

The “Career Boy” singer has been busy as of late. Along with preparing their highly anticipated debut album for release in 2019, Electra just hosted and performed alongside artists like Charli XCX and Allie X at The Billy Ball, a fundraising concert for musician Billy Clayton, who is battling a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer.

Directed by DORIAN ELECTRA & WESTON ALLEN Produced by DORIAN ELECTRA & ALEX HIDALGO Cinematography by TAYLOR RUSS Production Design by MOOD KILLER Assistant Director & Line Producer LYNN HONG On Set Photographer JULIAN BUCHAN & LANCE WILLIAMS Styled by DORIAN ELECTRA Edited by WESTON ALLEN Coloring by TAYLOR RUSS Costume Pieces Provided by THE HOUSE OF MANN Styling Team CHESTER LOCKHART, BRANDEN RUIZ, CALEB DAVIS Makeup, Hair & SFX Makeup by SAMUEL STEVEN & CALVIN CHAN Choreography by IRONSTONE Dancers IRONSTONE, JULIENNE MACKEY, LORENZO EDWARDS, KEVIN ZAMBRANO Starring DORIAN ELECTRA & JULIAN TAYLOR Featuring TOKEYO PETERSON, MATT PALMER, ERIC CROSS, BRANDEN RUIZ, LOGAN SHOOK, MOOD KILLER, CALEB DAVIS, ANNABELLE MAGINNIS, SAMUEL STEVEN Song Written by DORIAN ELECTRA & SOCIAL CHAIR Song Produced by SOCIAL CHAIR Gaffers DUSTIN SUPENCHECK, RILEY DONAVAN, TAYLOR FRONTIER Assistant Camera OLIVIA FRESHWATER, JOE ASHI Grips LANCE WILLIAMS, AUSTIN SWAIN G/E Provided by CINEMA CYPHER Camera Provided by WILLIAM CHRISTENSEN Fashion Consultant PIERRE-LOUIS AUVRAY Art Department & Production Assistants MARSHALL TAYLOR, CHESTER LOCKHART, KEVIN GROSSMAN, MEGAN MANTIA, JOHNNY WILSON, BRANDEN RUIZ, NATALIE ZAROWNY, LILY LETIGRE, LOGAN SHOOK, JOSE RAMIREZ, CALEB DAVIS, ANNABELLE MAGINNIS, CALVIN CHAN, & ERIC CROSS Special Thanks to THE CASTLE, ANTHONY & ALEX, JUSTIN MORAN, HARRIET RAYMOND, RUDY, LUCY FLEUR, THE HOUSE OF MANN, PIERRE-LOUIS AUVRAY, CAMILA SALDARRIAGA, JOHN MILLER, & LILI SOTO

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Queen Lactatia for The House of Mann

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Our beloved 9-year-old bb drag princess Queen Lactatia is the new covergirl of queer artist and designer Brandon Hilton's fashion label House of Mann. That's the good news. As Montreal's most fiercely unapologetic beacon of authenticity, what would Lactatia, born Nemis Quinn Mélançon Golden, ever have to be sorry about? He's nine, and inspiring.

'Nuff said.

Apparently, all it takes for the underground surge of five-headed swamp trolls to rise these days is presenting a non-normative identity, and like, existing. So, the bad news — and it makes us cry — but the announcement, hailed by a series of iconic shots featuring Lactatia in a sequined full-coverage onesie — was followed by death threats and accusations of sexual abuse, ranging from 4chan and Twitter and spreading to right-wing outlets like The Daily Caller and Breitbart News. Hilton said he even received anonymous threats claiming someone ordered a hit to kill him via Bitcoin. Severe.

It should go without saying that Hilton and Lactatia have a professional relationship that seems built on artistry and mutual trust. Hilton, a professional drag queen himself, had heard about the sensational 9-year-old, and fully intended on making something for Lactatia to wear from his clothing line. Culturally speaking and for context, this is of course in line with how up-and-coming drag queens often have more established drag mothers who look out for them, lending outfits, booking them as opening acts for their shows, etc. Needless to say it's an act of love, family, and community. "We were completely planning on making her something original, but she picked the sequin onesie off the website and loved it," Hilton said in an interview with HuffPost. "So we made one in her size and sent it to her. Then her mom took photos of her in it."

To the haters, Hilton had this to say on Twitter:

Lactatia's mother similarly shut down critics who felt that Lactatia was somehow being sexualized in the images. "People fundamentally do not understand what drag and drag performance is," she told HuffPost. "Consequently, those people do not want to understand it either, so it makes explaining or defending it useless. We were honored that House of Mann chose to gift Lactatia with an amazing drag piece, especially since it was custom to size. It's hard finding drag-appropriate attire in kid's sizes."

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What's important to note is that Hilton's decision to have Queen Lactatia be the face of his work plays a major role in the journey toward self-acceptance for all kids who color outside the lines. I can't speak for everyone, but if the 9-year-old me saw this 9-year-old back then, the world would've felt like a much safer, less scary, less monstrous, more free and colorful world. And also, do people have eyes? The image of Queen Lactatia in question is glorious, not condemnable.