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transvestite

a person who seeks sexual pleasure from wearing clothes that are normally associated with the opposite sex

transvestite

a person who derives social, cultural and political affirmation and/or sexual pleasure from assuming the dress and demeanour of the opposite gender. Cross-dressing has a long history and is an important part of ritual performance in both sacred and profane social contexts. It has been an important feature of both western and eastern theatre and continues to be a key aspect of contemporary popular culture, e.g. in pantomime (Britain) and girls’ opera (Japan). Periodically, popular music has been associated with cross-dressing and/or androgyny as a fashionable style. In the tradition of western medicine and psychotherapy, transvestites are deemed to be suffering from an underlying pathology or problem which should be treated and corrected. In contrast, the transvestite community regards transvestism as a sociopolitical identity and lifestyle. Although often conflated with gay and lesbian cultures, cross-dressing is neither restricted to these cultures nor a defining feature of them (M. Garber, Vested Interests: Cross-Dressing and Cultural Anxiety, 1992). Compare TRANSSEXUAL.
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medication to the transvestites but also mulling a proposal to formulate separate policy for them aimed at improving their image in the society.
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You haven't got heels on, you aren't a proper transvestite," I told him sternly.
I insist and I beg people to believe it on TV (interviews) and I never thought that I would be on TV begging people to believe I'm a transvestite.
This qualitative study explored 31 female and transvestite sex workers' perceptions of risk in Belgrade and Pancevo in Serbia.
Transvestite narratives in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Hispanic authors; using the voice of the opposite gender.
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