What is Crossdressing? Crossdresser, Transvestite or Transgendered Person are terms used to describe a person who regularly takes on the appearance of the opposite sex in order to satisfy a deep personal need.
Society Sterotype • Homosexual, Perverted Men in Women’s Lingerie. • In reality… • Crossdressers come from all walks of life and every level of society. • Spouses, parents, children and friends are Crossdressers. • There are no distinctions.
Sex vs. Gender Distinction The term "sex" refers to separate biology such as differentiated genes, hormones and reproductive organs. The term "gender" refers to the social categories of what is perceived as male or female characteristics. They are differentiated by psychological characteristics or role expectations.
Types of cross-dressers • Gain emotional relief from cross dressing • Have a fetish/arousal from cross dressing • Type 1(psudo): sparatic cross dressing could be hetero, bi, or gay • Type 2(fetish): cross dress periodically and heterosexual • Type 3: Cross dress as often as possible, fetish arousal • Type 4: Cross dress as often as possible, asexual or autoerotic • Type 5: Requested a full sex change
Ethical/ Moral Implications Deuteronomy 22:5 "A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man; nor shall a man put on a woman's garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God.“ Also states verse 11: Do not wear clothing of mixed fibers
History • Crossdressing exists throughout much of recorded history. • Greek • Norse • Hindu • Historical figures known to crossdress • Joan of Arc • Mulan • Achilles
History Continued • Reasons to cross dress • To join the army • To keep a royal family together • Win Olympic glory • Espionage • Elizabethen era theater
History Continued • Hijra • Cross dress to honor the goddess Devi • Male or intersex people that dress as women • Perform religious ceremonies at weddings and birth of baby boys.
Drag Queens When cross dressing is more of a private sexual activity Drag is for entertainment and seen as an art Not necessarily trying to pass as a woman Heterosexual men, transgender men, even straight women can dress as drag queens
Accessories Wigs Makeup Fasle mustache Chest wraps
Social Influence: Women’s Fashion Boyfriend Jeans
Jamaicans Ponder Cross-Dressing Gangsters The Jamaica Gleaner, Via Associated Press and Reuters
Social Implications • Would you allow your child to crossdress? • Bullying • Homosexualiy • Fear of Rejection?
Social Implications Continued Becoming more accepted in socitey. Is a culture's attitude to Crossdressing that determines whether Crossdressing is or is not a "problem" to that culture. Crossdressingdoesnt offend any law in most of the world. Most major religions do not consider the act of Crossdressing immoral.
Crossdressing in Hollywood The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar The Birdcage Klinger from MASH John Travolta Hairspray
Cross-dressing Scandals http://gone-hollywood.com/2009/09/east-cleveland-mayor-cross-dressing-scandal-photos/ Mayor in ohio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqh1M7MxC_Q School kid drops out http://theybf.com/2010/10/11/article-on-morehouses-cross-dressing-gay-community-stirs-controversy-response-from-univergay community cross-dressing at college
Works cited http://articles.cnn.com/2008-10-03/living/mf.cross.dressing_1_dressing-british-army-civil-war-soldiers?_s=PM:LIVINGhttp://www.springerlink.com/content/j517405ml58l4563/ www.gendercentre.org.auwww.wordiq.comhttp://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/jamaicans-ponder-cross-dressing-gangsters/http://theybf.com/2010/10/11/article-on-morehouses-cross-dressing-gay-community-stirs-controversy-response-from-univerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqh1M7MxC_Qhttp://gone-hollywood.com/2009/09/east-cleveland-mayor-cross-dressing-scandal-photos/www.imdb.comwww.grrl.com/draglinks.html