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"Within white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy the experience of men dressing as women, appearing in drag, has always been regarded by the dominant heterosexist cultural gaze as a sign that one is symbolically crossing over from a realm of power into a realm of powerlessness."--bell hooks on Paris is Burning in a piece published in Black Hooks

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  1. Lacking sufficient power or strength.
    You are powerless to stop me
  2. Lacking legal authority.
    The traffic warden was powerless to stop me driving away.

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