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If the invitation did not say anything about black tie and the ceremony is at 630 pm is it okay to wear a suit?
What stores are open on Easter Sunday?
It depends on where you live. Most grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and the like, are open on Easter Sunday. In some parts of the country stores such as Walmart and Target are open but in other parts they are not. Most retail clothing, accessory, and electronic stores are closed on major holidays. To find out holiday hours for the stores in your area, see their website or give them a call.
What are different types of fabric?
Fabric and Cloth There is an enormous variety in fabrics, with many different national, historical and regional varieties. It is interesting to note, however, that almost all of the types of fabric listed below are variants or blends of just five basic fabric types (silk, cotton, linen, wool and worsted). Many of the terms are foreign in origin; English orthography has been adopted where it exists. Fabric Description aba garment of camel or goat hair; camel or goat-hair fabric aerophane thin crinkled semi-transparent fabric alepine mixed wool and silk or mohair and cotton fabric alpaca fine wool made from alpaca hair angora silk-like fabric made from wool of angora goats ardass fine silk armure twilled woollen or silk fabric arrasene embroidery fabric of wool and silk atlas rich satin fabric baft cheap coarse cotton fabric bagging coarse fabric for making bags or sacks baize coarse napped cotton or wool fabric balbriggan knitted cotton fabric baldachin rich embroidered silk and gold fabric balzarine light cotton dress material barathea pebbly silk or worsted fabric with broken rib weave barege gauzy fabric of silk, cotton, wool, or worsted barracan fine silk cloth barras coarse linen fabric barrateen some kind of fabric batiste fine soft sheer fabric of plain weave bayadere fabric with horizontal stripes in strongly contrasting colours beaupers linen fabric used for flags bengaline crosswise ribbed fabric bombazine twilled silk and worsted fabric borato thin fabric bouclé fabric of uneven looped yarn brilliantine light lustrous cotton and worsted fabric broadcloth dense twilled wool or worsted fabric brocade rich silk fabric with raised patterns buckram stiff-finished cotton or linen used for linings of garments bump coarse cotton fabric bunting light loosely woven fabric used for flags burdet cotton fabric burlap coarse plain-woven jute or hemp fabric burnet dark brown; dark woollen cloth burrel coarse russet cloth calamanco satin twilled woollen fabric calico plain white cotton camaca fine silk fabric cambresine fine linen fabric cambric fine thin white cotton or linen fabric camlet strong waterproof silk or wool fabric caneva fancy woollen fabric made to resemble canvas canque Chinese cotton fabric cashmere soft twilled fabric made of fine goat's wool cashmerette soft imitation of cashmere cassimere closely woven twilled cloth of fine wool cendal silk fabric resembling taffeta challis soft lightweight silk, wool or cotton fabric chambray lightweight fabric with coloured warp and white filling chamois cotton fabric made in imitation of chamois leather charmante silk fabric with a crepe back charmeuse soft and satiny silk fabric chenille velvety silk, wool or cotton fabric with protruding pile cheviot coarse heavy plain or twilled wool or worsted chiffon sheer silk fabric chino strong twilled cotton cloth chintz glazed printed cotton fabric cire fabric with a glazed finish cloque fabric with an embossed design coburg thin single-twilled worsted fabric with cotton or silk cordovan soft goatskin leather corduroy durable cotton piled fabric with vertical ribs crash coarse drapery and towelling fabric crepe light crinkled fabric crepon heavy crepe fabric with lengthwise crinkles cretonne heavy cotton or linen cloth crin horsehair fabric crinoline stiff flax or cotton fabric cubica fine unglazed fabric resembling shalloon cypress silk or cotton gauze fabric, usually black damask fine lustrous fabric with flat patterns and a satin weave delaine light fabric of wool or mixed wool and cotton denim firm and durable twilled cotton dimity sheer and stout white cotton domett plain cotton-wool blend dornick stout linen dowlas coarse linen drabbet coarse linen drap-de-Berry old woollen cloth dreadnought heavy woollen cloth drill durable twilled cotton droguet ribbed woollen dress fabric drugget coarse durable wool fabric ducape plain-woven stout silk fabric duck durable closely woven cotton fabric duffel fabric of thick, low-quality woolen cloth dungaree heavy coarse durable twilled cotton, usually coloured dupion coarse silk duroy coarse woollen duvetyn smooth lustrous velvety fabric ecarlate fine woollen cloth, usually dyed scarlet éolienne fine silk and wool etamine light open-mesh cotton or worsted eyelet small hole in fabric to allow passage of a cord; cotton fabric with small holes faille shiny closely woven silk, cotton or rayon fabric farandine silk and wool cloth filoselle coarse floss silk flannel light woollen fabric foulard soft lightweight plain-woven or twilled silk fabric foulé light woollen fulled cloth frieze rough heavy woollen cloth fuji plain spun silk fabric fustian coarse twilled cotton gabardine closely woven cotton or wool twill galatea striped cotton gambroon twilled worsted and cloth gazar silk organza fabric genappe smooth worsted yarn georgette thin silk gingham striped cotton cloth grenadine thin silk grogram coarse loosely woven silk fabric grosgrain heavy close-woven corded silk gulix kind of fine linen harn coarse linen herringbone twilled fabric woven in rows of parallel sloping lines hodden coarse undyed woollen cloth holland coarse plain-woven cotton or linen hopsack rough-surfaced loose fabric houndstooth fabric with an irregular checked pattern huckaback absorbent cotton or linen used for towels jaconet stout cotton cloth jacquard intricately-woven variegated fabric; loom for making jacquard jaspe cotton or rayon cloth with shaded effect jean durable twilled cotton material jersey plain weft-knitted fabric of wool, cotton, nylon or silk kalamkari fabric coloured by repeated dyeing kelt coarse fabric made of black and white wool kente hand-woven African silk fabric kersey coarse woollen cloth kerseymere twilled fine wool khaddar homespun cotton cloth kincob embroidered silk with gold and silver threads lamé fabric in which metallic threads are interwoven lasting sturdy cotton or worsted cloth lawn fine sheer plain-woven cotton or linen leno open-woven fabric linsey coarse linen and wool blend linsey-woolsey thin coarse fabric of wool and linen lockram coarse linen loden heavy waterproof woollen fabric lustring glossy silk lutestring plain glossy silk mackinaw heavy napped and felted wool cloth mackintosh lightweight rubberized waterproof cotton madapollam fine cotton cloth madras fine plain-woven cotton or silk marabout thin downy silk marcella cotton or linen in twill weave marocain ribbed crepe fabric marquisette sheer meshed cloth matelassé having a quilted ornamentation; fabric with raised pattern as if quilted melton strong and smooth heavy woollen cloth merino soft wool of the merino sheep; any soft merino-like wool or wool and cotton cloth messaline soft lightweight silk with a satin weave mockado inferior quality woollen fabric mogadore ribbed silk used in making neckties mohair fabric made from silky hair of angora goats moire watered silk moleskin heavy durable cotton moreen stout corded wool or cotton mousseline fine sheer fabric mull soft fine sheer cotton or silk fabric muslin plain-woven fine cotton musterdevillers archaic mixed grey woollen cloth nainsook fine cotton fabric nankeen buff-coloured; durable buff-coloured cotton needlecord thinly ribbed cotton ninon silk voile or other thin fabric organdie fine translucent cotton organza transparent thin silk or nylon orleans interwoven cotton and worsted osnaburg coarse linen or cotton ottoman heavy clothing fabric with crosswise ribs oxford soft durable plain-woven cotton paduasoy corded silk paisley soft wool fabric with ornamental pattern panne heavy lustrous silk or rayon with waxy feel paramatta worsted and cotton blend pashmina fine goat's wool fabric used for making shawls pekin fine soft silk pellicule thin diaphanous fabric percale closely woven lightweight cloth percaline glossy lightweight cotton perse dark blue or bluish-grey; cloth of such a colour piqué stiff durable corded fabric of cotton, rayon or silk platilla fine white linen plissé fabric with puckered finish pongee thin soft fabric woven from raw silk poodle coarsely looped or nubby fabric poplin corded woven silk and worsted prunella strong and heavy silk or wool rabanna raffia fabric of Madagascar ramie strong lustrous fabric resembling linen or silk raploch coarse undyed woollen cloth raschel light loosely kitted cloth ratiné rough bulky plain-woven fabric rep plain-woven fabric with crosswise ribs reticella old Venetian lace-like fabric romal handkerchief or headcloth; silk or cotton fabric rumchunder fine silk russel ribbed cotton and wool russet coarse homespun cloth sagathy light blend of silk and cotton or wool samite rich and heavy silk, sometimes interwoven with gold or silver sarsenet fine and soft silk; soft or gentle satara ribbed lustred wool sateen glossy cotton or wool satin closely woven silk with lustrous face satinet thin silk satin or imitation thereof saxony fine soft woollen fabric say delicate woollen fabric scarlet fine cloth scrim durable plain-woven cotton fabric seersucker light puckered cotton or linen fabric sempiternum durable wool sendal thin silk or linen serge strong twilled worsted shalloon light twilled wool or worsted shantung plain rough silk or cotton sharkskin smooth durable wool or worsted fabric shetland lightweight loosely twisted wool fabric shoddy woollen fabric made from rags sicilienne ribbed silk silesia thin twilled cotton or linen silkaline soft light cotton fabric resembling silk sindon fine linen stammel coarse woollen fabric, usually dyed red; bright red colour stockinette soft elastic cotton fabric surah soft twilled silk or rayon swansdown heavy napped cotton flannel swanskin soft napped fabric resembling flannel tabaret striped watered silk and satin fabric tabby plain-woven silk taffeta fabric tabinet silk and wool watered fabric taffeta thin glossy silk tamin thin glazed worsted tamis thin wool tarlatan thin sheer stiff cotton terry piled fabric consisting of uncut loops ticking strong linen or cotton fabric used for mattress and pillow cases tiffany transparent silk-like gauzy fabric tiretaine wool cloth mixed with cotton or linen toile plain or simple twilled fabric tricolette silk or rayon knitted fabric tricot plain knitted silk or woollen fabric tricotine double-twilled worsted fabric tulle sheer and delicate thin silk tussah brownish silk fabric tweed rough twilled wool twill any diagonally woven fabric velour piled velvety cotton veloutine velvety corded wool velvet soft piled fabric of silk, cotton or synthetic material velvetine cotton with silk pile vicuna fabric made from wool of the vicuna, a small ruminant voile soft fine sheer fabric wadmal thick coarse wool whipcord fabric with bold twill used for making dresses wigan stiff plain-woven cotton wincey plain or twilled cotton woolsey cotton and wool blend worcester fine wool worsted fine closely-woven wool zanella mixed twilled umbrella fabric zephyr lightweight wool or worsted fabric; the west wind zibeline soft piled wool
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Asked in Parenting and Children, Clothing
What should you do if your son likes to wear girl's clothing?
Talk to him about it. Ask him why he does it. Offer to help him buy clothes or to have his own so he quits stealing yours or your daughters'. If he is embarrassed and doesn't really want to discuss it, it is probably a sexual thing that he would prefer to keep private, and at least he knows that you are willing to discuss it if necessary. If he is nonchalant or professes to enjoy the feeling of the fabric and such, then it is also a non-issue. He simply likes how the under-things feel, and it is unlikely to be associated with a sexual obsession if he discusses it openly in this manner. This is the easiest way out. If he embraces the idea, wants to dress entirely and prefers being and acting like a girl, perhaps it is time to get a gender-issues professional involved to decide how to best proceed. Whatever you do, don't put distance between yourself and him or make him feel like he has done something wrong. Wanting to wear nice feeling fabrics, or wanting to dress entirely, is not something that any amount of punishment, the silent treatment, or Bible passages will cure. He will just feel guilty and despondent in private and learn not to go to you when he encounters other more important issues like sex or drugs. I learned not to confide in my parents because of their judgment over this issue and had to go-it-alone in some difficult young-adult situations as a result. In perspective, it is harmless. He just needs to keep in mind that not everyone is as open minded as you, and thus he should avoid making choices in this area that lead to difficult situations. (Such as wearing girls' clothes outside or to school could get him beat up.) Yes, it's unjust, but stuff happens. If his father would not understand, you can be his secret agent, covering for him in a tight spot and offering to "get away" to go shopping. He will absolutely love you for it. Here are more comments and shared experiences: Don't panic and assume you have a budding transvestite or gay child. Although that's not a bad thing, just a bit of a shock to ones system. The majority of young children like to dress up as the opposite sex. It's not unusual for a boy to want to wear moms' or sisters' "stuff." It's much like the playing house scenario that all kids do at one time or another. I have been dressing up since I was 6 & help from my mom one Halloween, after that I did it when ever I could away from my parents. During my growing up years I would do it when ever I got the chance. During my first marriage I did it when ever my wife was gone. I would dress up as sexy as I could from panties, bra, to wearing make-up. When I got married the 2nd time my wife had her thoughts, when she asked I told yes I love dressing up as a woman. She has helped me during our 14 years of marriage. I am a straight male who just loves dressing up as a woman. I have my own black silky panties, black stockings, bras, high heel shoes along with high heel boots, & my own make up & wigs. So what is wrong with it? My daughter loves to see her dad dressed up as a woman & even helps me also. My son also wanted to dress up in girls clothing (and his sister dressed him up as well). When he reached age 5, I told him that it was not appropriate for him to wear girls clothing. I was not angry, and I did not shame him, I told him matter of fact. I believe that we are responsible as parents to guide our children to behave the way God intended. It depends on the child's age. If you have an 8 year old then I would sit down and talk to them. But if your child is 5 or around that age then don't worry. My cousin pretends he has a bra. He's only three and it's unlikely he has a sexual fetish at that age. It's normal really. I dressed up like a boy when I was little some times. Its just apart of playing. Allow him to wear girl's clothing. Maybe even encourage him to. If girl's can dress like boys, there's no reason why boys can't dress like girls. Let him have his fun. My son dresses up with his sisters frequently. He's 9 now and has been having fun with dressing up since he was four. No big deal, just kid fun. I think you need to be very cautious as far as age and what they like to wear and why! I was allowed to dress up from age 4 or so and could do so as often as I wanted to. At age 8, I was still wearing sisters or moms older clothing. Then my Mother died and my Grandmother came into the scene and when she discovered my hobby she took me to the store and let me pick out my own clothing and lingerie. By age 13 I was dressing on a daily basis wearing nylon panties and a bra with false breasts, a nylon full slip, nylon stockings with a garter-belt if I wanted instead of pantyhose, little heels and feminine dresses with make-up and girl cut hair style. My first sexual experience was while I was wearing very sexy silky panties, a petticoat and square dance dress...I remember the material of the petticoat against my nylon covered legs and panties so sexy that I got an erection and had my first orgasm and have been using my lingerie for this purpose ever since. Now at 27 I live as a female and am sexually aroused every minute of my life and bring 5 to 6 pairs of panties in my purse to work because I will soil them while at work. I go to the ladies room and satisfy myself all day long. It is a curse and I cannot stop. So please consider this when letting little boys dress up. You women do not understand the addition of silky nylon against us and the sexual arousal that results from that silky material against our private parts. Like Lauren, I was "imprinted". My parents had a business that required them to be away from home, from Friday p.m. Until Mon about noon. I had a chance to be "sat" with by a neighbor. She very quickly told me I was going to be her "imprinting" experiment. She dressed me as a girl as soon as I came in, and I remained so until it was time to leave. I had several climaxes dressed this way. It was my introduction. I have no regrets. I wouldn't worry about it. My son loved to wear his sister's clothes and wanted me to curl his hair. We had lots of fun. He's 10 now and I could never get him in a dress! I would let him know that you love him and by all means, let him enjoy his life! Get information on the subject of Cross Dressing and study it yourself. Be prepared to help him handle this other side of his personality with discretion. These may be the happiest years of his life. He can learn to manage his life to include everything he loves and expects from it. The "phase" may pass, but I would caution you that it may not also. My mom caught me at 15 wearing my sister's pantyhose. She didn't talk about it but she started buying me boys bikinis especially ones that looked like panties. She also started putting my sister's panties in with my bikinis after laundering. Don't worry about it. My son has enjoyed dressing up with his sisters since he was 4. He's 10 now and he loves wearing dresses. He often wears dresses around the house and will sometimes go out to dinner or a movie or other activities in a dress. I have no problem with it; he can wear want he chooses. I have no idea if he gets any kind of sexual pleasure out of wearing girl's clothes and quite frankly, I don't care; that's his business not mine. If he ever wants to talk to me about it then my door is wide open. All 3 of my kids know that they can talk to me about anything at anytime. My son is still a boy and loves to play soccer and football with his friends. Some of his friends come over and play dress up with him and we have two or three 'cross-dressed' little boys running around the house and yard. It's no big deal, they're just having fun. I really don't understand this trip about 'boys don't wear dresses'. I say let boys wear what ever they want. My son is happy and healthy and that's what I care about most. Most boys like to wear panties, especially the girly silky kind. It's normal and lots of teen boys and even grown up men are into it and wish more girls/women were, and were more accepting. It's normal. Let it continue if the male wants. You don't see people freaking out if a girl wears a guy's shirt or boxers, so let boys wear panties and bras and so on if they want. It's fine and harmless. It's just clothes. I've always had a fascination with soft and silky feminine things. While in my teens, I thought I was the only guy in the world like this and I felt guilt. I told my wife before we married and she accepted it. Now I sleep in pretty nighties, and I wear panties under my regular clothes when I'm at home. I do most of the housework to 'earn' the right to wear pretty things. I guess I am a sissy maid. We are a very happy and long-married couple. The exact same thing you'd do if your daughter likes to wear boy's clothing. My son at the age of seven told me that he wanted to wear girls clothes like his sister's, Initially I sat him down and talked about it with him, firstly on his own, and then with his sisters present, each time we talked about the situation, he convinced me that this was what he truly wanted, so we set a date when he could make the change from wearing boys clothing to dressing as a girl, we decided to give it two weeks, firstly to see if he changed his mind and secondly to give me a chance to get some clothes for him to wear, once to two weeks had passed we again sat down and talked, and again he convinced us that this was what he wanted, so the following day we set to and dressed him in tights and a dress, this was three years ago, even today he still insists on being like a girl, I guess what I am trying to say is that for some boys this is natural, so I feel that by denying them the opportunity to experiment, then you are only building up more problems for them in later life There is absolutely nothing wrong with allowing a boy to experience and enjoy girls clothing. It will give him a better understanding of the opposite sex, what its like to dress like one and a better appreciation of what a girl goes through in order to look pretty. That appreciation will follow them into adult life, helping them to better relate to their female partner in life. It has for me and at over 50, I can honestly say my experience as a child, wearing girls' clothes was important and beneficial to me. I firmly believe that boys (of whatever age) who have expressed a desire to dress in girl's clothing, not only be allowed to do so, but be encouraged by parents and other family members. For very young children it really doesn't matter what is worn, but children over seven (the traditional age of reason) should be given a sympathetic hearing. Boys about twelve or older require particular understanding in finding self-expression through cross-dressing, rather than have them live in a constant state of adolescent frustration. The teen years are difficult under any circumstances. Parents must agree that such desires are both respectable and normal for their child. Single mothers with a son as an only child have a special responsibility. Preteens might be allowed to wear moms or sisters clothing, but teens should be allowed their own set of feminine attire. A boy's appearance as a girl should reflect both his age and body type. A shopping spree at the mall might collect the following items: Several dresses, short skirts, blouses and knee and ankle socks. For underwear, a selection of panties, both frilly and sheer, and a half slip. In each instance the final selection is his. Customers and sales persons will probably catch on, but so be it. A good rule of thumb for parents or guardians on this matter is, explain, when necessary, but never apologize. At home the new "daughter" might be encouraged to "dress up" but never required to do so. Initiative must come from the boy, who is allowed to "come along" at his own pace. Dressing as a girl should never be punitive or used as a reward. It is a privilege, extended out of love and understanding. Persons coming into the home should witness his new transformation, and most will accept it. Word will soon get around; it cannot be hidden from the wider world. But then, why should it be? When the time comes for his first public appearances dressed as a girl, the mother should assist him in taking his first "baby steps". Drives around town and drive-through lines at fast food places could be followed by short walks in parks or unfamiliar neighborhoods. Soon he will be accustomed to going out in public in short skirts or dresses and bare legs and will welcome such excursions. In so doing he will have demonstrated, with the help of his family, courage and self-confidence, and acquired a new spirit of self-esteem and self-image. What greater gift could parents give to their sons once they realize that for many boys dressing as girls fulfils a deep-seated psychological need? I have been a cross dresser for 30 years, I am now 45,let your sons dress up any way they would like it is only clothes, I told my mom when I was 15 that I wanted to wear her clothes and the clothes of my 3 sisters, she sit me down with my sisters and told me that it was OK with her and my sisters loved it, I am younger then my sisters , I am not married but would love to find a good woman who would let me dress up in her sexy clothes and do the house work for her, this is what I did for my mom and sisters and miss it a lot. It is not a problem. If girl can wearing what they are like. My son also wearing panties .He has 20panties.I also help him to choose the panties. Actually boys must wearing panties, bra and skirts also. My son wearing only panties. I tell him if he likes he can wear the bras, skirts etc. If he likes, I'll be the happiest mother in this world. I love my son very much. Loads of guys dress up for amusement purposes. It might all just have been blown out of proportion. Talk to him. It's the only way forward. I'm 21, and I've been dressing as a girl since I was about ten or eleven. I just recently started hormones to effectively change my body so I can live as what my mind says I am. It's not a fetish; I don't get off on it. I dress to pass as a woman in society as do most transsexuals. As far as just cross dressing goes from the majority I've met most do it to express there female side rather than to derive sexual pleasure from it. My mom caught me wearing my sister's clothes one day and she talked to me about it but that was it after that it was out of sight out of mind. I had to learn what I was on my own it made it very hard dealing with it, no one to talk to. Just recently my mom and I started to talk about it again because I started living almost exclusively as a woman. It took some time and a little work to get her to understand that it wasn't her fault nor was it mine or anyone else's, it was just one of natures little mistakes. Actually Opera just recently had a whole show on it and I showed it to my mom that's what made her realize. I only offer my story as insight into what could happen and possibly what not to do. Puberty is usually the time when this realization hits hardest if at all. Just be open with your child if he does feel that he should have been a girl forcing him away from it will only cause problems later on. Oh and another small piece of information for anyone thinking cross-dressing or transsexualism is in some way violating some law of God. The only mention in the bible of cross-dressing is a singular passage that says loosely quoted "A man shall not don the garb of a woman, nor should a woman wear a male's apparel." This being said it's actually a mistranslation from when the bible was transferred to English it really says "A man shall not wear the garb of a woman to enter a woman's tent, (fear of rape) and a woman shall not wear a man's garb to enter a temple. (Since women of the day where not aloud in the temples.) If anyone has any questions I am open to them, and sorry for the length and choppiness of this post I just got out of work. Well stop buying him girls clothing and buy him boy stuff. Talk to him about it and if he is old enough tell him it's not straight. Show him what boys like and wear. My son began "experimenting" with dressing in my underwear when he was around six or seven. Rather than call attention to it (thinking it would either shame him or make the desire stronger) I said nothing. Although I would notice regular "rearranging" of my lingerie drawer, I kept quiet. My husband was less than thrilled at the idea of Chris wearing my bras and panties, but I insisted that we simply let the "stage" pass, undetected. When he was about ten, I went into his bedroom to check on him and turn out his light. He was sound asleep when I went in. I noticed the lacy shoulder strap of one of my bras, peeking out from his covers. Peeling back the bedclothes, I discovered he was dressed in matching thong panties and bra. He woke up and realized that he was "caught" wearing his mother's underwear. He began to cry and explain that he was sorry and would never do it again. I surprise him (and myself) when I sat down on his bed, held him in my arms and told him that it was perfectly fine to wear girl's clothes, at least as far as I was concerned. He was so relieved; he hugged me and asked if he could have his own bras and panties. I agreed. To make a long story short, he is now almost twenty years old and regularly dresses completely as a woman. He keeps himself slim, shaved and appropriately dressed, although he is not gay. He considers his dressing as a girl, as a fun hobby. I have no reason to think that I made the wrong decision with him. He is a well-adjusted, beautiful son who I am proud to call my own. If I had tried to interfere with him feminine curiosity, I believe that I would have crushed an essential part of his spirit. I am a traditional heterosexual person and the mother of a son who has tried on women's panties. This is the reason I looked up this topic and found this question. I would like my son to grow up to be a well-adjusted heterosexual man. I would like to know if some of the responses might be from bisexual or gay men or transvestites or cross-gender men. If so, please specify that. I want to encourage my son to go down the straight and narrow path. It seems bizarre to encourage this behavior. I would only encourage it if I knew it was a phase and that discouraging it would somehow make it worse. If you are honest enough in letting it be known that this type of behavior is 'OK' then please be honest enough to let me/us/the readers know from what perspective you are speaking. You should let him dress in whatever he wants at that age. To deny him will confuse him. He won't understand the difference of why he can dress like a cowboy, fireman, or clown, but not as a girl. Don't curtail his imagination, he will decide as he gets older if dressing like a girl is something he wants to do or (probably) not. When I was a little older, 11, one Thanksgiving evening, my mother and aunt decided it would be fun to dress up my cousin (a year younger) and me in dresses, make up, and wigs. We had dessert all dressed up nice and pretty. We got into little nighties that night and it was fun for us. A few weeks later I asked my mom if she would dress me up for Christmas and she did. The real surprise was just before New Years, she called me to her bedroom and pulled out a beautiful girl's party dress in pink with matching satin panties and bra, white tights, and shiny pink shoes. That was the most fun New Years I had experienced. She did older looking makeup, polished my nails, gave me some jewelry, and let me wear her best wig. We cooked dinner together and afterwards baked holiday cookies. I stayed in girls clothes that whole weekend. Even today at 27, my mom will come visit me by herself and I dress up nicely for her visit. We have gone clothes shopping together, went to a Broadway show (I wore a formal gown), went to a bridal expo, and even once went to a very upscale restaurant and had drinks at the cocktail lounge afterwards with me in my first sexy little black dress. I know that I would never have been as close to my mom if she never dressed me up, so I give thanks to that. Don't discourage your son, let him decide for himself soon enough. I caught my son, 12, dressed in girl's clothes, underwear and all, and I made a scene. He was crushed. Later I sat down and tried to figure out why I blew up. Just surprised? And I deeply regret what I did to him. Yes, single mother and I pushed him away. Since that time I have tried to mend my mistake, but have not made much headway. We talk about it a little, but he will not accept my offers of approving participation. We come close, but he is afraid of me. Now what! I forced him away. If I make him dress, can I bring him back? I would love to dress him and hold him and love him, tell him how sorry I am. Should I invite him to dress? Should I force him? You son is probably embarrassed at you catching him dressed up. You shouldn't force it on him, but rather do something nice that he would be comfortable with. Maybe you could go buy him a complete girl's outfit? Then wrap it up nicely and put in his bedroom with a note that says that he can use the present whenever he wants. Then you might suggest a special event or day that if he feels like wearing it he could. Also try to include him in some of your own feminine rituals. My mom would always ask me if I wanted to help her do her nails. If I was into it, she would let me dress up and help her. You could also take out old pictures of when you were the same age and point out the similarities, the maybe suggest that you both try to make him look like a twin image of you when you younger. You will get him to relax and respond femininely without him feeling pressured. I think you will eventually have a darling "girl" to spend precious moments with. When I was little, my mom and sister dressed me up like a girl for Halloween. We all thought that it was fun. I liked it so much that dressing up became a very frequent activity for my sister and I and I often dressed as a girl more than I did like a boy. It just felt so nice to me. The feeling seem to come from within. I still did all of the stuff little boys did, but had this second "thing" that I liked. I thought that I was the only boy like this. Sometimes, I was discouraged from dressing, and I got frustrated. Other times, I was mildly encouraged to dress up and I felt really happy. I continued to dress openly throughout my childhood, but I was also taught to apply the proper discretion, since this is a sensitive subject to many. I shared many happy moments as an "adopted" sister and daughter, with my sister and mom; along with the normal brother and son moments. I developed into a normal heterosexual man, but I still love to cross-dress. That Halloween didn't cause it; it just gave me the opportunity to discover myself. My advice is to support your sons if they show these inclinations and allow them to dress and discover themselves. You'll get used to it and I think that you will just discover that you love them even more than you thought. First do try to understand the child. Do not get mad and out of control, that can turn your son against you for life. I am 68 y/o male (not gay and never have had a gay experience) and have been wearing female clothing since I started with panties when I was 5-6. My mother and an aunt started purchasing me panties at 5-6, and dressing me a girl. I even wore rayon, nylon, silk or satin panties to school all through my school years, sometimes during 13-17 I would wear a bra under my male clothing. I love wearing satins and silks. I am dressed wearing a blue satin dressing gown, pink satin lace bra, pink satin panties, Hanes sheer pantyhose and black hush puppies (flats). I am married; we have two boys and one girl (all grown) who were raised seeing their father dressed in female attire. When the boys were 12-13, we purchased them two pairs of panties so that they could try if they liked, neither continued wearing female clothing. I recently came out of the closet as a Transvestite. This fact I have kept hidden away for many years. I started dressing at a very young age and was 3 times before I turned 15. My Mom new I would dress after that even though I would lie and say I wasn't dressing. Keeping it hidden for all years causes me to have anxiety and stress, which I am in therapy for know, I truly believe that if I would have had some kind of support I would be a different person today. I am 34 now and am starting my path into the lifestyle I have always wanted to lead. I may loose family and friends but if they would just try to understand even a little, it would be allot better. My son began wearing my lingerie when (s)he was 5 or 6 and I was not at all concerned. I always wanted a girl so (s)he became my "part-time" daughter. By the time (s)he was 10 (s)he was dressing completely as a girl at home. Seeing it was just the two of us there was no one to put their two cents in. I had bought her a fairly complete wardrobe for a girl her age and (s)he was quite adept at looking the part. I decide (s)he was ready for a bra when (s)he was 11 and low heels at 12. Makeup was a breeze - (s)he was a fast learner, and I guess I was a good teacher. Soon though, (s)he was itching to get out and be seen but I was totally against that, though I knew deep down that it was inevitable. Until (s)he was 16 (s)he was content to hang out at home with me and polish her feminine skills. We were more like roommates, living as we did. (S)he was an excellent student and I had a lucrative legal practice, so we were always secure. I guess seeing her 75% of the time as a girl I began thinking of "him" as "her". When (s)he was 17 though, the urge to get out became more than (s)he could handle and one cloudy afternoon in the winter (s)he left our apartment building through the service entrance as was soon just another face in the crowd on New York's Upper West Side. I was at work so (s)he had a couple of hours of walking-around time to be herself and still speaks of it as one of the most exciting things in her life. Since that day going out has become commonplace and so far (s)he's had no problems. I'm still a bit edgy but reconciled to the fact that (s)he is her own person. It's easy to say I may have been misguided in encouraging her to assume a female persona but the research I'd done told me that it would be virtually impossible to dissuade her from her feminine leanings and might be even quite detrimental. Sure, I was selfish in rationalizing it by saying I'd always wanted a daughter, which I really did, and being widowed and unable to have any more children, but you would be hard pressed to find a more happy and content human being, than is my "daughter" today. (S)he's 27 and in a doctoral program and has a bright future awaiting her, as both a man and a woman. It's easy to understand when a boy wants to dress up as a girl. First of all look at all the different things a girl can wear. One day she can wear slacks and the next day a pretty dress or skirt outfit. She can wear "men's" shirts and pants and then put on a frilly nightie when she gets home. Not to mention the great fabrics in women's clothes as compared to men's. Silk, satin, lace and ruffles feels nicer than coarse wool and cottons. When a child is growing up and mom comforts them next to her body they experience the contact to the types of clothes that mom's wear and it leaves a lasting impression on them. Now take a look at our whole society. You see and hear advertising towards men that always places them as the aggressive, competitive without much room to be different. However women are projected as caring, attractive people who can do anything they chose. A women comes home after a hard day of work and slips into a bubble bath and silky nightclothes and a man goes to play sports, socializes, and needs to let everyone know how masculine he is before his day is complete. It doesn't seem fair to some boys, does it? I was around 11 yrs old when I first asked my mother why I had to wear plain cotton pajamas while she wore these great looking and feeling nighties and pj's. I started trying some of things on when she wasn't at home. One time when we were at a department store, she was shoe shopping and I wandered into the next dept and was mesmerized by all the lingerie. She found me there looking through all delicate and wonderful items. She pulled me by the hand back to where she was shopping and I just sat there thinking how great it would be to wear things like I just saw. When she was done, she took me upstairs to the girls' dept and said I could pick out on girls pj's or nightgown and she would buy it for me. I still remember that little yellow nylon nightgown with the most adorable matching panties. My mom got me more things to wear and then she never ever had to tell me more than once to wash up and change for bed, I did it by myself most times! I grew up to be a cross-dresser and although some times were tough and lonely, I wouldn't change it for the world. High school was the hardest time because everyone at that age is trying to establish a personality of their own and I kept mostly to myself. I would take joy knowing that I could go home and enjoy being feminine. It was after my 10th grade year that most of the kids on my block starting going to sleep away camps and I didn't want to go because I knew what I'd be giving up. That summer my mom bought me dresses, girl's shorts and tops, shoes and sandals, panties and bras, and cosmetics that I could wear all day. It was the best summer I ever had. Through my adult life I have met so many wonderful women who understand the need to be feminine and most to encourage me that I continue. I am a straight married man and have worn bras and panties since my early teens. My wife is okay with it as long as my bra is not totally visible through my shirt. I don't wear any other women's clothes but I do have pierced ears and wear earrings all the time. I think my interest in lingerie began when my mother put my sister's hand me down panties and camies in my drawers when I was 9 or 10. That's what I was given so that's what I wore. I started wearing bras when I got my nipples pierced to cushion them and help them heal. At first my wife freaked but after a while she accepted it. She doesn't like me to wear anything with lace or flowers. Generally I wear a slightly padded underwire size 36A or a soft cup 36 AA. Several people have noticed mostly women and they will ask " are you wearing a bra ?" and I just say yes and smile. Recently I have become interested in enhancing my size and have been taking herbal enhancement pills which have had an effect over the past 2 months. I recently went to the doctors for my annual physical and the nurse practitioner was very interested in the underwear. She asked if it was comfortable and how long I had been wearing lingerie. She asked me about any drugs and supplements I was taking and I told her just multivitamins and the breast pills. Then she asked if I wanted breasts. I said yes. After she was done she left the room and came back with some samples of birth control pills and gave them to me. She explained that they would help my breasts grow. She gave me a three month supply and made another appointment for me in three months to follow up on some blood tests. I took the pills and my breasts didn't get a lot bigger but they were definitely more female looking. My wife noticed and began to pay a lot more attention to my breasts when we were intimate. I returned for my follow up appointment which I thought was just going to be a consultation about the tests but was again given a complete going over with help from the nurse and receptionist while I was naked. I dressed and began to leave and pay my co-pay and I was about to leave when the nurse stopped me in the waiting room and said in front of everyone, "You forgot your birth control prescription" and handed it to me. Boy did I get some strange looks from the other patients. I love my breasts and am now a full well shaped A cup. I am a 12 year old boy and I have been cross-dressing ever since I was 5 years old. At 5 I wore my best friend's sister's dress and painted my nails and used lipstick. Now I wear my mom's panties bras and thongs and every other girly thing I can find. The reason I do it is because I find it fun. The thing is no one in my family knows. I have a 5 year old sister, 9 year old brother and a mother and a father. And I don't want to tell them about but there is this really hot babysitter who has never told anything I told her and I am wondering if I should let her know and see if secretly she will let me go to her place(just the house away) and c if she can dress me up and maybe take me shopping for some girl things and keep it secret and put make up on me and in the future when I am on my own I plan to grow breasts. So what, should I do it? I think you should go for it. I am in my teens still and I would love to have some one dress me and take me out shopping for cloths. I dress at home fully as a girl and I am 12 I wear thongs g strings garter belts micro minis mini skirts dresses mini dresses blouses bras size 34b and only 18 year old sister knows I have gone to school for three years as a girl. I think you should go for it to. I am 26 years old and I have been wearing panties every since I was about 7 years old. I have two older sisters and growing up I had lots of panties to choose from. I am built well too. I am 5'11'', 145lbs. And have an athletic build. I have been thinking for some time of growing breasts but I don't know what my wife would say. She knows that I wear panties and she loves it! I have about 150 pairs of my own. We also share. I love wearing panties and I won't stop wearing them for anyone and I don't see the harm in it. I say do it because you only live life once and you should be able to do what makes you happy, go for it! Treat him like the daughter he wants to be! I have been dressing up since childhood and really regret not coming out to my sister sooner than I did...Oh the times we could have had as sisters...I still remember returning from boarding school in the 80's to find a beautiful feminine frilly blouse, and skirt suit hanging on the back of my door...needless to say it didn't take me long to try them on! As a psychologist, maybe I can shed some light on this issue. There are basically two categories of boys who enjoy cross dressing. One group, by far the largest, likes to dress up for fun and excitement, usually beginning around age five plus. When they hit puberty, women's clothing often becomes a fetish and may have an erotic component. Some stop, others may dress up fully or partly their entire lives. They are nearly always heterosexual and generally married as adults. The second group, known as transsexuals, believe they are actually a member the other sex trapped in the wrong body. Their "gender identity" is female if a boy and male if a girl; yes there are some girls who have a male identity, though they are fewer in number than males. These individuals are diagnosed as having a "Gender Identity Disorder," and are quite different from cross-dressers. They dress as the opposite gender because it feels natural and they are more comfortable that way. Many of them decide to take hormones and have their body modified (sometimes breast implants) so they appear truly feminine. Frequently, they wish to have surgery to become physically the opposite sex, the procedure being called SRS or Sexual Reassignment Surgery. If a young boy or girl is a true transsexual (a condition with is life long and a determination which needs to be made by a psychiatrist) it is sometimes recommended to begin the "transition" period before puberty. We are not certain exactly what causes cross-dressing and transsexualism, but recent research suggests that gender "identity" is actually hard-wired in the brain (as is sexual orientation) during the development of the fetus due to a hormonal imbalance. On the other hand, cross-dressing may be stimulated by the child's family environment. Boys who are the eldest boy in the family, for example, are 4 times more likely to cross-dress than those who are not. Intense relationships with the mother and distant relationships with the father may also play a role. I am a teen and I wear panties. Nothing sexual to it really, their just comfy and I like them more then normal briefs or boxers. Don't listen to the homophobes and right-wing Christians "You're wrong because my god says it's wrong" Try talking to your son, if he's like me and does it just for a little fun or comfort, then don't worry. If he's gay threes nothing you can really do about it either, just remember he's still your son and you should be supportive on his life decisions. As a heterosexual mother of 5 I would be happy for them in whatever way they want to express themselves that is only being different, which doesn't harm anything. Does it matter how your sister, mother or friend is a girl today? All that matters is you are showing love towards each other and that they are happy who they are. I would prefer to teach my children respect for things that are only different in race, gender, individual expression, identity, etc. If we could all do this we would have a lot more loving society. It's only clothes. Clothes haven't had a nasty history of hurting any people, unless the outfit is a rather silly fashion statement. When was the last time you ever heard of a person getting killed by a dress, or wounded by a bra, slashed by a pair of panties, hit over the head with a slip, etc.? The boy is just exploring a different world and maybe showing healthy childhood curiosity. Everybody, virtually, has most likely at one time or another asked one of the big questions in life, "What If I Was Born The Opposite Gender?". Basically all children try cross-dressing at one time or another. Far too many parents over-react and panic to see their son dressed as a girl. This over-reaction only leads to a negative being applied to the act of their son dressing as a girl. This negativism can lead into a life of secreted closeted cross-dressing that is filled with guilt, depression, isolation, loneliness, despair, drug abuse, alcoholism and a ton of other negative issues. Too much of this heaped on negative feelings can lead that child into either attempted suicide or committing the actual act of suicide. How may parents have come home to find their son cross-dressed as a girl and dead at his own hands? I think the statistics would be rather shocking if they were ever to truly come out. Is all of this worth it because a boy dresses as a girl? Is it worth screwing up a potential good life filled with good things, good rewards and a rich full filled one life here on old Mother Earth simply because a boy dresses as a girl? The best thing a parent can do if their son dresses like a girl is neither to encourage it nor discourage it. Just let it take its own natural course. Buying him his own girl's clothes is not an encouragement, rather, it's simply a statement to your son, "I'd rather you wear your own girl clothes than your sisters or mine. Clothes are a personal item and we don't wear other people's clothes without their permission." If it continues then as parents first feel out your son in a non-threatening environment on his dressing as a girl. Then as a family seek professional counseling. That boy may be one of the many variations of transgenderism. Transgenderism in all of its forms is generally inborn rather that environmental. The best that can be done for that boy is to prepare him to live a positive life full of positive values and issues as a transgender person and how to deal with a partial hostile society. Then, again, it just might be a phase he's going through. There is nothing wrong with a boy wearing girls clothing. My daughter (13) caught my son (9) wearing one of her sundresses and a pair of her underwear. She was furious, and I calmed her down and told her that this is how young men explore their sexuality. She said she didn't want him wearing her stuff anymore, so we all went out shopping and helped him pick out a few dresses and panties that he can wear. It all worked out! You shouldn't discourage your son's behavior -- allow him to be who he wants to be -- and let him determine for himself what makes him happy-- he is hurting absolutely no-one. For the previous poster that wants his son to walk the "straight and narrow" path -- it sounds as though you are concerned more with your own needs (discomfort with the expression) than your son's. Obviously this is a very difficult issue for most people to grasp as society discourages what it sees as abnormal. And many live to oppress anything in people they personally can't comprehend -- which is sad. My suspicion is, this behavior, practice, expression is much more common than anyone admits -- and the professionals I've talked to agree that it is a worthy suspicion. And again for the "straight and narrow" poster -- I am a 36 year old male -- as an only child I dressed on and off in secret from the time I was 4. I was caught twice and was threatened to correct my behavior. I had much shame. I was depressed in my teens. I went to college, used alcohol and marijuana to shut myself off from the reality of me having a predominately feminine nature. I got married and continued to push back this true expression. Became a full-blown alcoholic. Wife left me due to alcohol. I received counseling and came clean for the first time in my life with the counselor -- the counselor understood it was a very big deal for me to tell someone. I told my ex-wife the truth about the source of all my underlying sadness. I opened by saying with a nervous grin "Remember how when I'd buy you jewelry or clothing as gifts you were always so amazed by my perfect choices?" she was not so shocked by my admission but more angry that I had never shared my true self with her. We are in the midst of reconciling and I am a happier, well adjusted person than I've ever been in my life. It took such a long time. I don't necessarily think I'll be going out in a dress anytime soon or getting sex reassignment surgery, but whatever happens, I will be an expression of my true self; multidimensional and human. I feel bad for all the people that commit suicide because they feel so alone and can't find the peace myself and others have found. Oh it happens, you just don't hear about it; being a feminine male should remain a deep, deep, dark secret etc., etc., etc. The very narrow-minded general public really, really need to have it drilled into them that gender and sexuality are two completely separate things. Maybe 100 years from now they will embrace that both gender and sexuality (quite beautifully) possess a wide-ranging kaleidoscope of colors. I'm 13 and like cross-dressing I go in the mall to try on girls clothes when I'm at home I dress in my mom and sisters' clothes and I wear their thongs and nail polish but I don't have wigs. My mom doesn't know. Should I tell her and this Halloween I'm dressing as a princess. Do you know which one should I be and should I wear makeup. My son has been dressing in girls clothing since he was 5. He was always very feminine in the way he acted and played with other children, preferring to play with the other girls in the neighborhood exclusively when he could. At first it was just trying on my nightgown and heels and some lipstick. And would always insist on being a fairy princess or some girl TV star for Halloween. By the time she was 7 she was getting tired of wearing clothes that were too large and looked silly on a 7 year old. So one day while we were shopping she asked of she could have his own nightgown. I asked if her if she wanted anything else and suddenly she was gushing a wish list of things and pulling me into the girls section of the Robinson's May and pointing out all the different outfits he wanted to buy immediately. We settled for a dress a couple of skirts, some tops, shoes, underwear and of course a couple of nightgowns. Since then he hasn't worn any boy's underwear for any reason and is always my daughter from the moment she steps into the house and more than half the time when we go out. She is 10 now and a more wonderful daughter a mother couldn't ask for. Love to talk to you about your new daughter if you wish Tina Just communicate. Keep the lines of communication open. Love your kid. Whatever he is, he is. I think it's a phase that will pass. Girls get SO many options of clothing, in real life and for pretend/fantasy. Some boys probably get jealous. I don't know if it's inside up or what. I mean, I like wearing dresses, but I don't know if that's because I'm a girl or because I was told to wear dresses as a kid. Who knows. Maybe he just likes wearing dresses or girl's shoes. There's nothing wrong with it, but you have to figure out why he does and figure out how to deal with it. I mean, if he wore a dress to school, yeah he'd be happy to be in a dress but will he be happy when everyone makes fun of him? Or if he gets beat up? I can't wait to be a mom. And I'm going to love my kids no matter what. I think just love him, care for him, listen to him, and guide him. If he's still doing it a few years from now, maybe talk to a psychologist. Wow a lot to go over just to answer if a boy should be allowed to wear girls clothing. As many of the men out there I too was allowed to wear girls clothing, lingerie, nightgowns or whatever and whenever I wanted to including makeup. I dressed everyday from 8 or and became more and more entranced in the feminine ways. Women's fabrics and fit of the clothing are for women not for men. A garter belt will fall down around my hips and why do I need a bra. YOU women are fooling yourselves if you think it is OK for your little boys to wear girls things. Think about the tactile sensations of silky nylon against his little penis. You know, when your wearing panties and a slip and you feel the slippery sensations against your bottom when sitting down or whatever. He is feeling that against his penis and do not think he is not completely aroused. Arousal is addicting especially for the young like me. I am now addicted and I cannot stop. The more I dress and more I want to. It feels different for me to shave my legs and slide on stockings and put on a bra and slip and high heels with makeup and dress. Every movement is erotic. Hi, I was a first grandson and nephew to 3 young aunts. One liked to scare me all the time. Another liked to parade in front of me in her tight skimpy outfits and lingerie. Teasing me about her "boobies" and that tight booty. And the last would dress me up in pantyhose. Every time I spent the night at Grandma's house, when all the lights were out, she put me in pantyhose. I can not stop thinking about how sexy they felt on my skin. She shaved my legs, and made the sensation even more arousing. I then associated sexy pantyhose with a feeling down there, and began masturbating. I am now 31 years old. I cannot explain my attraction to nylons and shaved legs. I secretly shave my legs every morning, and put on a favorite pair of nylon stockings and garter. They made me want to be a girl. I hate them for that, and yet, they also gave me something I would have never experienced otherwise. A god could care less what we wear and don't wear, humans are the ones that care what we wear. Society has deemed it bad for a male to wear female clothing, though at the same time most women that wear lots of boy clothing get judged as well they are called tom boys and butch and whatnot. Really its just fabric so who cares , there are unisex clothing out there but if you wear that your not judged. Now as for guys wanting to wear skirts, look back in history to the time of the kilts where men wore "skirts", "kilts" really are the same thing for the most part a strip of cloth that covers your waist. I say more women and men should wear whatever, women's clothing is more attractive, and can be more comfortable and men's clothing can be the same its all based loosely on style and fashion. I have noticed that most older guys that like to wear women's clothing tend to not wear what's in style. I really think people just need to grow up and figure out that if we stopped worrying about what someone is wearing and stuff like who is in charge of our country and whatnot and stop making war with one another then maybe life would be much better for all of us. The best thing you can do for a young cross-dresser is to get him some clothes of his own. I wore my sister's clothes. Girls have a special thing about clothes and it violates there rights when you use their things without permission. Thrift shops are a great source of inexpensive items. Panties should be new and don't have to be expensive. There is an age range when most boys can easily pass as girls when appointed properly. Help him take advantage of this age, hair, nails, earrings etc. Take lots of pictures. He will love you for it and the pictures will allow him to remember those wonderful years as a girl. When will parents learn that our job in raising our children is to shelter and nourish them, keep them from harm and unconditionally love them and let them find their own paths? I'm not talking about raising spoiled, wilful, self-centered princesses or anarchists - I'm talking about teaching them how to make appropriate decisions for themselves - letting them know that they have freedom of choice - and that the world has "rules", and that all actions have reactions and consequences. Teach them that avoiding pain isn't worth losing out on the opportunities that we miss when we let fear of consequences keep us from experiencing all there is to experience in life. And encourage them to stand up and speak up for what they believe in - even if they are the only ones who believe that way - and to face their fears rather than run from them - there's almost always a valuable lesson or a triumph on the other side. And there's nothing as empowering as building our "courage" muscles. And let them know that the way we truly grow is to stretch outside of our comfort zones. And let them know that no one went down in history for playing it safe, avoiding confrontation or not speaking up when they had something to say that could make a difference. Why not teach them to believe in themselves rather than believing that we have all of their answers and raising them to be followers? Why do we need to call the shots in their lives anyway? And why do we need to control them - just because we're their parents? I believe in positive reinforcement. Sometimes it seems that the more a parent insists that their child should be a certain way, the more likely it is that the child will rebel and do the opposite. Yet we persist in believing that we can determine their futures. Unfortunately, parents do determine the futures of their children - while we can't change their sexual preferences or personalities, we can teach them to be fearful and subservient and to question their own judgment. Or we can ignore them and teach them to be insecure and feel unloved. Or we can reinforce their unacceptable behavior (like violence, sadism, etc.) By letting them get away with destructive behavior and by not being willing to take a stand for THEM finding themselves (violence & drugs distract from that process) - I hope you get the picture - I'm not talking about parental passiveness or permissiveness or indifference. And I'm not talking about saying one thing & doing another - integrity is a vital part of this equation. A parent who has no clue who they themselves are cannot teach their children how to find themselves. We can teach them that how they look, what they wear, what they drive, where they live, what they do for a living and how much money and "stuff" they have IS "Who" they are, or we can show them how "Who" they are is their qualities (and how their qualities can shape their lives & the lives of others)- and who they are is far more powerful and permanent than all of the external trappings and judgments that some people falsely attribute to being indicative of one's value. My younger brother (now age 54) was taught by my macho father to be ashamed of his desire to dress like a woman. So he tried to deny, hide, change and fool himself -and everyone else. My brother raised his son to be a man's man - a wrestler who has no tolerance for gender issues - particularly where his father is concerned. Even his diminutive daughter was a wrestler for awhile. And my brother lived a life of shame and secrets and ultimately isolated himself (even during his marriage), alienated his wife - and after 24 years of marriage, she just divorced him a few months ago. Not too long ago, his huge house was filled with life & laughter - now he lives there all alone. Had he been allowed to explore in life, find himself and "be" himself, I doubt that he would be divorced and estranged from his children - because he would have known who he really was & he would have told his wife up front who he really was & taught his kids acceptance & tolerance. He would have designed his life around whom he is - not who he wanted or needed people to think he is. My point is that we can't CHANGE who our children ARE - there is a REASON why some boys can't stand girly things & others want to wear them + why 2 kids born to the same parents - and treated the same way - can react differently & end up with such different personalities. So if your son wants to dress up like a girl, maybe all there is to do is to love him unconditionally and let him "be" - I don't think there is anything wrong at all with boys wearing girls' clothes. It makes for a happier child. I myself have worn girl's clothes all my life. I don't want to be a girl, but girl's clothes are so much more comfortable and pretty. I think one has to take a different perspective on this situation. So consider this, would you force a boy to wear girls clothes if he detested the very thought of it?? No, so why force a boy to wear boy's clothes if the boy in question hates the thought of it. Again, would you force a girl to dress as a boy?? Probably not. It is ONLY society that has dictated that boys should be boys, oh how totally wrong it is. Boys are human beings, and thus should be treated as such. Not objects of stereo-typical conditioning by members of an ageing and mostly corrupt society. Let your son have fun. He will enjoy the sexy silky feel of panties and slips against his private parts and will totally get aroused so let him have a good time. I believe that ADULTS should do whatever makes them feel happy, as long as they are not hurting anyone else. Kids are a different story! I know a lot of adults who regret having done stupid things when they were younger: drinking, having sex, smoking pot, stealing. Need I say more? Children and young adults do not know what they want out of life, they do not know what they will become, and therefore can not say what sort of things they will regret having done in their younger days. If we let our kids do whatever makes them happy, then they might be pregnant at 14, catch AIDS, become addicts, have poor self-esteem, destroy their image, etc. Etc. As parents, we have to take care of our children! That means saying no, that means being strict, someday they will thank you. If your son likes wearing girl clothes, then buy him the scratchiest wool panties you can find! We certainly don't want him popping up on websites later on in life talking about how good the silk feels on his genitals!! Yuck!!! And you know, there's nothing wrong with gay people, but let them decide when they're ready to decide. If your ten year old daughter says she wants to be a stripper when she grows up, you're not going to buy her that kind of outfits and send her to school are you? Think about it! The boy wants girl clothes, you get him some. He goes to school, he gets made fun of, people laughing and pointing, and then he is going to feel bad. No one is going to forget, I still don't like the girl who was in my first grade class that picked her nose and ate it. You let him do that, and that image is going to follow him wherever he goes. Maybe he will decide he doesn't like it someday, and maybe he'll meet a nice girl.....then she'll hear rumors how he spent two years dressed as a girl and think he's a weirdo. If he's 18-20, whatever, and he still wants to wear them, then he can go ahead and do it, if he doesn't want to, then he still has his image. If he is really persistent, then maybe he can do it in his room. Stick by him, but explain to him the consequences of his choices, and by the way, he isn't old enough to make these kind of choices- I don't care if he's 17 and a half! I agree with the response above. Some of these answers are just completely fanciful - they smack of wish fulfillment by cross-dressers. I'm English and know Americans are very liberal but can't believe many US moms dress their boys in girl's clothes. Someone said earlier in the thread that "cross-dressing" could be understood up to the age of five or so when children are still getting to grips with gender & identity but is it really appropriate for a parent to encourage their child to dress in girls clothes when they are 7,8, 9, 10? Or ignore their urges to dress in girls clothes & let them raid their sister's wardrobes/drawers? Of course it isn't! As many cross-dressers here have testified life as a transvestite can be very awkward. Sure it's a choice but it's a choice that should be made in adulthood not as a child. If a boy wishes to dress as a girl a parent should explain that it is not appropriate. He shouldn't be punished but told that it is something he shouldn't do. Unfortunately, I know some parents are incapable of saying "no". I work in a school and every year we have something called "children in need" where children pay money to charity and come dressed in whatever clothes they want rather than school uniform - there's always a couple of boys who come dressed as girls. Last year one of the boys came as a Princess in a long, flowing pink dress, make-up and varnished nails - he's 8 years old and too old for such play acting and wonder what his mother's lack of authority will do to him later in life. I think that you should let your child do as he wishes. I know that when you were a child there was something you wanted or wanted to do more than anything in the world and your parents told you no and you never saw or had the thought of it again. Do you remember how this felt? If you tell your son no then that's how he will feel and he will feel embarrassed for a long while. I know I will if my mom catches me in girl's clothes and tells me I can't anymore! This all came from a teenage male himself. There are some very good arguments for letting it be, with the caveat that it be in private until the child is old enough to understand the ramifications of publicly defying gender roles. First, there is nothing at all "wrong" with a boy wearing girls' clothing, just as there is nothing wrong with a girl wearing boys' clothing. Second, this may even bring you and your son closer. When my son was 13, I suspected that he was wearing my clothing because things would not be where I left them. I arranged that he would think that he was home alone, and after a couple of hours, walked into my bedroom to find that he was not only wearing one of my teddies, but my lipstick as well. He immediately began crying, swearing that he was sorry and that this would never happen again. He was rather surprised when I sat down with him and told him that I was not in any way displeased with him. I put my arm around him and let him lean against me as we talked about why he liked the lingerie and makeup. I explained that if this is what he liked, then this is what he should do, as long as he understood that going public with it could be troublesome. He expressed a desire to live as a girl, and we agreed to discuss it further. To show him that I loved him, I kissed him. Kisses turned to caresses, and we ended up making love. I now have a daughter and a lover, and both of us couldn't be happier. If you catch your son wearing girl's clothing, let him cry into your arms. Or you could accept that that is who he is and he can't help it and also talk about it with him but don't force him to do it, if he says "don't worry" or "leave it" etc. don't worry about it just let it go. Girl Panties Honestly, if it is your son's decision and its his body you really shouldn't try to change him. Also just let him know and try to make him understand you're point of view and how you feel about his clothes I am a 14 year old boy and I wear nothing but girls panties except on mornings i have gym and then i wear boxers and change back into panties after everyone has left the locker room.
Asked in Clothing, Education, School Uniforms
What are theTop three reasons for school uniforms?
1. Students will not judge each other based on clothing and will develop friendships with people they otherwise wouldn't talk to. 2. Saves money. 3. Students always look presentable, are comfortable, and have increased confidence because they know they aren't being judged by uniforms. I have been wearing uniforms for the past 12 years and they are great! It's a no-brainer when I have to get dressed for school. I don't have to worry about what I'm wearing everyday. I couldn't imagine not wearing uniforms! and now days they wear them due to to many gang fightings during school.
Asked in Clothing
What is cupro fabric?
Cupro - The European cousin of tencel , Cupro is also somewhat similar to rayon in that it is reprocessed cellulose. Like tencel and rayon, the base material for cupro is a regenerated cellulose fiber . Cupro gets its name from cuprammonium, the process that is used to process the wood pulp or cotton linters that are its base material. In this process, the wood pulp or cotton liners are dissolved in an ammoniac copper oxide solution. Cupro fabric breathes like cotton, drapes beautifully, and feels like silk on your skin. Its slinky, curve-hugging drape makes it great for elegant dresses and blouses.
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Asked in Clothing, Men's Clothing
How do you convert men's shirt size to women's size?
Try measuring your bust at the fullest point around with your arms at your sides, that should give you a number to start with. (Note: you may want to add 2" to 4" to this number to give you a little extra room. (Also note that if u are giving this measurement to your seamstress be sure to tell her that you've already added the "recommended ease" of X"). Men's US shirt sizes usually follow the chest measurement (ie., 44 = 44in. around the chest etc.) But the shoulders on men's shirts are normally made wider and the sleeves are usually longer also (starting at 33" from center of neck to wrist, to about 39"). (Women's shirts normally come in one standard sleeve length.) So you may need to have them tailored. Also the hem length is longer on men's shirts, so this may need some alteration too. To find your hem length measure from the neckline (collar bone) down to the length you feel most comfortable with (usually about parallel to the center to bottom of the buttocks). To measure your sleeve length either measure a shirt that fits by first measuring across the shoulders, from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, and dividing by two (this is an easy way to find the center of the back of the collar). Then measure from the shoulder seam down to the end of the cuff. Add the two numbers together and you have your sleeve length. ie... If your shoulders measured 22" across you would divide by 2 giving you 11", then down the arm is 23", so your sleeve length would be 11"+23"=34". Or, you can have a friend measure you by standing with your arm at your side and bent so your forearm is parallel to the floor. They then place one end of the measuring tape at the center of the back of your neck and measure out along the shoulder, down the back of the arm, around the bend of the elbow and to the wrist. Here's a chart of US shirt sizes: Men's Tops Sizes.........Chest (in) XS..............35-36 S................37-39 M................40-42 L.................43-45 XL...............46-48 XXL.............49-51 XXXL...........52-54 Note: Men's numerical sizes usually match the chest (in) measurements. To get your chest measurement, use a tailors' measuring tape to measure around your chest just under your arms. Women's Tops # Size......Letter size...Bust (in) 00 ........ ..XXS/XS............31 0 ...............XS..................32 2 ............... S...................33 4 ............... S...................34 6 ............... M...................35 8 ............... M...................36 10 .............. L...................37.5 12............... L...................39 14 ............. XL..................40.5 16 ............. XL..................42 18 ............XXL..................44 Note: Women's letter sizes usually cover about two numerical sizes. To get your bust measurement, use a tailors' measuring tape to measure completely around your bust at the fullest point with your arms relaxed at your sides.
Asked in Job Interviews, Job Applications, Clothing
What should you and shouldn't you do in a job interview?
Interviewing for a Job Here are answers and opinions from FAQ Farmers: When you are on an interview, you should look straight at the interviewer. Don't play with your hands or shake your legs. You should get there early so that you can relax and gather your thoughts together before the interview. One important thing NOT to do, is chew gum. I know of one person interviewed who was not hired for that reason. Here are somethings which you should avoid in an interview: Negative remarks about your present or past employers, boss and co-workers. Asking about vacation days, sick days or holidays. For more info, check out the related link.