What is crossdressing?

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2009-03-30 02:47:55

Crossdressing is when a person (most often men) dress in garb of

the opposite sex. Crossdressers are not the same as drag queens who

are most often gay and are many times performers imitating famous

women singers and Broadway stars. Very often, drag queens appear

almost a tongue-in-cheek caricature of biological women. See link

for Rupaul quotation.

Most crossdressers are ordinary men (husbands and fathers) that

feel compelled to wear women's clothes, sometimes occassionally,

rarely constantly. It's not an indication of homosexuality and in

most cases not related to the person's sexuality at all. There are

crossdressers who get sexual kicks out of dressing (then

masturbating in the clothes) and these often love wearing women's

lingerie and tight, low cut clothing; sometimes they masturbate

while looking at pictures of themselves dressed. This is NOT the

average crossdresser.

"Crossdressing" vs wearing clothes of the opposite sex requires

a difference in intent and presentation. A man wearing women's

jeans because they fit better is NOT crossdressing, he is wearing

what works, whether it's male or female. A crossdresser is focused

on the perceived intended sex of the clothing: they will wear the

clothing because it is "female" or "male", often whether it fits or

not. The intent of crossdressing is generally to present (be

viewed) as the opposite sex. Women can crossdress if they wear

clothing "for men" because it is "for men." It is about why, not


Most crossdressing men are very macho in their male

presentation, but just enjoy dressing either for the emotional

freedom or the physical feeling of the clothing. They do NOT want

to have their physical sex changed. See 'Transsexual' for these


It has been estimated that in the U.S. between 1 in 100 and 1 in

10 men are crossdressers, but because it is perceived as weakness

by society for a man to appear feminine, the numbers are hard to

pin down: closeted individuals generally do not get counted because

they are afraid to be found out. It is very likely you know a

crossdresser and they are just like you except they prefer the

clothing of the opposite sex to their own (sometimes a little,

sometimes all the time.)

They are NOT like Anthony Perkins in 'Psycho' or the wacked out

killer in 'Dressed to Kill.' You often hear of "weirdos" who have

dressed up in women's clothes and are in the news because they were

near naked running down the middle of the freeway. Remember the

news wants stories of the weird, and these rarities appear very

weird to the average person. Crazy sells. Someone who dresses in a

way more appropriate for the opposite sex, most commonly a man who

dresses like a woman. A crossdresser is someone who dresses in the

clothes of the opposite sex.

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