Best Advance in the World of Fag Hagdom (2009)

Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin

Performance duo Mel & El—a/k/a Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin—don't care for the term "fag hag." They feel it has acquired a sort of negative sound, as if there were something wrong with a woman wanting to cling to a gay man day and night until she passes out. They prefer "fruit fly"—or, even better, "Fagnet," which happens to be the name of their popular comedy/dance song that is a hilarious highlight of their act ("F-A-G plus magnet equals fagnet," they chant in sisterly unity). The two have been best friends since seventh grade, but it's doubtful they were bonded in fagnetting till at least the eighth. Their goofy anthem—which they've paraded around everywhere from the Duplex to Ars Nova—has made the gays love them right back.


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