Although it's her day off work, Beth is dressed for the office: pencil skirt, white blouse, red mid-height heels and cardigan, one of her favourite looks. She's having a sandwich in a southside Dublin pub and no one pays attention when she walks towards the toilet, except for a middle-aged couple in the corner who giggle and nudge each other. She's wearing women's clothes, but Beth is a year-old male civil servant, out for the day 'en-femme'. She's single, straight and hopes to get married, "eventually". It's an unwritten rule in the transvestite community that people are called by their female names, even when dressed as men, but I had to suspend disbelief slightly as I shook hands with Amanda, a no-nonsense Dublin male in his 50s.
Cross-Dressing: I'm a straight man who dresses as a woman ... and I'm looking for love
Transvestism - Wikipedia
If you recently came out as a girl, you may be wondering how to express yourself and make your true gender clear to the world. Passing as a woman, and dressing in ways that make you happy, can be complicated things to balance. This article can help you start looking more and more like the person you are inside. Have fun trying out different looks.
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Some dictionaries add the words 'for sexual pleasure', but this is not really true because many cross-dressers just feel comfortable — rather than sexually aroused — when they wear the clothing of the other sex. Transvestites often feel the need not just to dress, but to behave as a member of the opposite gender. In , one of us attended a conference at which it was claimed that 8 per cent of the population are into cross-dressing. However, there is at present really no way of establishing whether this figure bears any relationship to the truth. Some women dress up as men, but it's overwhelmingly men who like to dress as women.
Transvestism is the practice of dressing and acting [ citation needed ] in a style or manner traditionally associated with the opposite sex. In some cultures, transvestism is practiced for religious, traditional, or ceremonial reasons. The term is rarely applied to women. Though the term was coined as late as the s, the phenomenon is not new. It was referred to in the Hebrew Bible.