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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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(36.) The groundbreaking text on transvestitism in literature is Garber's Vested Interests.
The novel Gabriel of George Sand, with its central device of transvestitism understood as disguise, posits the unstable and constructed nature of both gender and legal identities (chapter nine).
He even notes a question raised by Erika Bourguignon, a student of Herskovits, to the effect that the lack of discussion by Herskovits of transvestitism and homosexuality in African-based rituais may be related to the problems that this would have created for the cause of blacks in the United States.
"Travesty and Transgression: Transvestitism in Shakespeare, Brecht, and Churchill" Theatre Journal 41: 133-54.
The transformation is so extreme that when Ambara goes to meet his new second wife, the men from the other village are confused, and they are unable to recognize Ambara, or understand the reasons for the transvestitism.
For example, the use of decorative feathers juxtaposed with the long, phallic form of the sculpture has been understood as either a celebration or a mocking allusion to Duchamp's employment of transvestitism with his adoption of a female persona, Rrose Selavy.
In a brilliant act of narrative transvestitism in keeping with a novel featuring a memorable and haunting bal masque, Corelli assumes the guise of Beauvais and, somewhat paradoxically, pens a sensational roman feuilleton Beauvais' genre of choice--that evokes the horrors of alcohol addiction with the aim of deterring readers from the lifestyle.
Originally, its purpose was overcoming the intolerance of transvestitism and transsexualism brought about by widespread ignorance.
This screenplay revolves around an extremely complex plot, visiting such diverse themes as AIDS, existentialism, and faith, with a pinch of transvestitism thrown in for good measure.
They tell of cannibalism, voyeurism, transvestitism, infanticide, omophagia and the murder of a son by his mother.
"Strategic transvestitism," by which women dressed as men to attain military leadership or protect themselves from sexual violence, was not uncommon, but Robles continued to maintain his masculine status after the military conflict ended, sustaining romantic relationships with women and defending his honour with a pistol if anyone referred to him in feminine terms.
There are also sections on Economics, Religion, Sexual Perversions (exhibitionism, fetishism, sadism, transvestitism, voyeurism), and a section for such terms as Murphy's Law, Pollyanna, Catch-22, and yahoo.