Dorian Electra’s ‘Flamboyant’ will shatter your fragile masculinity.


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The cover of Dorian Electra's debut studio album, ‘Flamboyant’.

Mason Montano, Music Editor

American singer-songwriter and visual artist Dorian Electra is known for their gender-bending style and androgynous appearance.

They got their start on YouTube in 2010 when they were in college, posting educational videos about a range of topics from philosophy to economics before making their debut as “Dorian Electra” in February 2016 with a series of singles centered around sexual education, feminism, and Queer history; including the viral hits “Vibrator”, “High Heels”, and “Drag”.

Over the past year, Electra has risen into a prominent figure on the underground pop music scene, and in mid-July, they released their debut studio album, Flamboyant.

As the title suggests, Flamboyant is explosive, loud, and super campy; and Electra uses their quick wit and musical genius to touch upon themes relating to gender, sexuality, and religion over heavy electronic beats in a way that’s thought-provoking as well as entertaining.

Gender is the album’s primary focus — Electra is gender fluid and male-presenting — and the concept of masculinity is spread across every track, most notably “Emasculate” and “Guyliner”. 

The former is an exploration of toxic masculinity that unlike other songs that explain how it negatively affects others, presents a male subject who suffers under his own masculinity, and he begs the listener to help him rid himself of it via a metaphorical castration, graphically revealing how gender roles constrict everyone regardless of biological sex or gender identity.

“Guyliner” is a commentary on how people assigned male at birth wearing makeup is considered offensive by society — “guyliner” is a term applied to eyeliner when worn by men in an attempt to make it “acceptable”, as they are not wearing eyeliner, they’re wearing guyliner — and Electra also alludes to toxic masculinity in the LGBTQ+ community with the line “masc4mascara” — a play on the term “masc4mac”, which is used by hypermasculine gay and bisexual men to “mask” their internalized homophobia as a sexual preference. (Disgusting).

Electra uses this line to describe how wearing makeup as a male-presenting person can be intimidating to those who find femininity unattractive and how society’s conditions of gender can’t stop them from expressing themself.

Sexuality and religion clash on “Adam & Steve” — a satirical track about how the Bible is often used to justify discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. The title references the conservative Christian slogan “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve”, which is used to summarize their argument against homosexuality. The rationale is that because the Biblical account of the creation of humankind depicts a male-female pair, that must be the “natural” or “divinely-intended” way of life for the species, and Electra refutes this, asserting that if humans were truly created by God, then He must love us all just the way we are because He made us the way we are.

The music video uses camp to critique Christianity’s view of homosexuality and features Electra as Adam alongside “Steve” — who appears as a person-of-color portrayed by American model Julian Taylorde as opposed to the traditional, white appearances of Adam and Eve in most religious mediums — and presents heaven as an extravagant strip club in the clouds complete with guitar-playing deities and pole-dancing angels. Take that, homophobes!

Dorian Electra is an intellectual and the face of Queer and non-binary visibility on the underground pop music scene, breaking down gender stereotypes and shattering fragile masculinities far and wide, and with their first headlining tour underway, their journey to stardom continues. 

Flamboyant is available now across all online and streaming platforms.

Stream Flamboyant on Spotify: 

Watch the music video for “Adam & Steve”: 

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Electra and Taylorde as Adam and Steve, respectively, in the music video for “Adam & Steve”.

This article was revised and updated to include the “Adam & Steve” music video in April 2020.