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Originally posted by jeffbews at 2006-10-9 13:08
He has been dressing in private since being a small boy. He has kept it a secret until now. He says he
isn't gay or anything like that. Just makes him feels better when dressed up.
Interesting! The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia on crossdressing. Have fun browsing the full article.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro ... s_of_cross-dressing
Varieties of cross-dressing
There are many different kinds of cross-dressing, and many different reasons why an individual might engage in cross-dressing behavior. The following examples are by no means an exhaustive list.
Some people cross-dress as a matter of comfort or style. They have a preference towards clothing which is only marketed to or associated with the opposite sex. In this case, a person's cross-dressing may or may not be visible to other people.
Some people cross-dress in order to shock others or challenge social norms.
Both men and women may cross-dress in order to disguise their true identity. Historically, some women have cross-dressed in order to take up male-dominated or male-exclusive professions, such as military service. Conversely, some men have cross-dressed in order to escape from mandatory military service.
Single-sex theatrical troupes often have some performers cross-dress in order to play roles written for members of the opposite sex. Cross-dressing, particularly the depiction of males wearing dresses, is often used for comic effect onstage and onscreen.
Drag is a special form of performance art based on cross-dressing. A drag queen is a male-bodied person who performs as an exaggeratedly feminine character, in an elaborate costume usually consisting of a gaudy dress and high-heeled shoes, heavy makeup, and a large wig. A drag queen may imitate famous female film or pop-music stars. (See also RuPaul)
A drag king is the counterpart of the drag queen — a female-bodied person who adopts an exaggerated masculine persona in performance or who imitates a male film or pop-music star. Some female-bodied people undergoing gender reassignment therapy also self-identify as drag kings, although this use of "drag king" is considered inaccurate by some.
Transgendered people who are undergoing or have undergone gender reassignment therapy are usually not regarded as cross-dressing. Namely, a post-op transsexual is certainly not considered cross-dressing, unless they were to wear clothes of the gender opposite of what they have transitioned to. Also, without doubt even most pre-op transsexuals would not be regarded as cross-dressing. For these reasons, drawing a specific line saying that a transgendered person is cross-dressing is highly difficult.
A transvestic fetishist is a person (typically a heterosexual male) who cross-dresses as part of a sexual fetish.
There are also those who cross-dress merely for "stress relief". It is thought that these people may be driven by the same sex drives that cause natal women to dress in provacative, sexual ways. The fact that dressing relieves inner anxiety does not necessarily imply that the male has a female gender identity. When the clothes are removed, the stress and anxiety eventually returns. If this feminine sex drive is satisfied in some other way (i.e. masturbation, or having sex with a mate), the urge to cross-dress disappears for an extended period of time.
The term underdressing is used by male cross-dressers to describe wearing female undergarments under their male clothes.
Some people who cross-dress may endeavor to project a complete impression of belonging to another gender, down to mannerisms, speech patterns, and emulation of sexual characteristics. This is referred to as "trying to pass". Others may choose to take a mixed approach, adopting some feminine traits and some masculine traits in their appearance. For instance, a man might wear both a dress and a beard. This is sometimes known as gender----. Finally, for some the motivation for cross-dressing is to undermine the idea that any article of clothing is "only for men" or "only for women." These people may broadly mix clothing from both genders, in a practice called freestyle.