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Encyclopedia > Transvestic Fetishism
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Transvestic fetishism is a sexual fetish for the clothing of the opposite gender. It is one of a number of cross-dressing behaviours and is primarily a psychiatric term. (Attraction to the clothing of the same gender is called homeovestism). Image File history File links Size of this preview: 794 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1632 × 1232 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 794 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1632 × 1232 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 353 KB) Summary Own work Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 353 KB) Summary Own work Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Sexual fetishism, first described as such by Sigmund Freud though the concept and certainly the activity is quite ancient, is a form of paraphilia where the object of affection is a specific inanimate object or part of a persons body. ... Clothing protects the vulnerable nude human body from the extremes of weather, other features of our environment, and for safety reasons. ... A bagpiper in Scottish military clan-uniform. ... This articles is about cross-dressing in general, that is the act of wearing the clothing of another gender for any reason. ... Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that studies and treats mental and emotional disorders (see mental illness). ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...

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Definition

Transvestic fetishism, fetishistic transvestism and sometimes transvestism are also often used to describe any sexual behaviour or arousal that is in any way connected to clothes of the other gender. Especially the latter is problematic, because transvestism and cross-dressing are neither a sexual fetish, nor do they necessarily have anything to do with sexual behaviour or arousal. Transvestism is literally the practice of cross-dressing, wearing the clothing of the opposite sex, and transvestite literally refers to a person who cross-dresses. ... Human sexuality is the expression of sexual feelings. ... Arousal is a physiological and psychological state of being awake. ... (See also List of types of clothing) Introduction Humans often wear articles of clothing (also known as dress, garments or attire) on the body (for the alternative, see nudity). ... Gender in common usage refers to the sexual distinction between male and female. ... Human sexuality is the expression of sexual feelings. ... Look up fetish in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Also, not every sexual behaviour where clothes of the other gender are involved are transvestic fetishism, they are also often used in sexual roleplay without being a fetish. Also, many transgendered people, mostly transwomen, also cross-dress before coming out in sexual contexts to relieve their cross-gender feelings. This behavior is likewise not considered transvestic fetishism, as it is not cross-dressing for sexual pleasure, rather it is simply their self-gender expression. In role-playing, participants adopt characters, or parts, that have personalities, motivations, and backgrounds different from their own. ... Sexual fetishism is the attribution of attractive sexual qualities to non-living objects as an overwhelming alternative to the sexuality of a man or a woman, or as an enhancing element to a relationship. ... A transgender person in New York Citys Gay Pride Parade Transgender (IPA: , from trans (Latin) and gender (English) ) is a general term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies that diverge from the normative gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at... “MTF” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Coming out (disambiguation). ... Look up Pleasure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Some male transvestic fetishists collect women's clothing, e.g. nightgowns, slips and other types of nightwear and lingerie. They may dress in these feminine garments and take photographs of themselves while living out their secret fantasies. Many men love the feeling of wearing silk or nylon and adore the silky fabric of women's nightwear and lingerie. Clothing protects the vulnerable nude human body from the extremes of weather, other features of our environment, and for safety reasons. ... Pink chiffon nightie A nightgown (also called a nightdress) is a loosely hanging item of nightwear nowadays solely for women, Its length may vary from hip-length (babydoll) to floor-length (peignoir) but is typically knee-length. ... A silky pink half slip A slip is a womans undergarment worn beneath a dress or skirt to help it hang smoothly and to prevent chafing of the skin from coarse fabrics such as wool. ... Nightwear, also called sleepwear, nightclothes, or nightdress, is clothing designed to be worn while sleeping. ... Assorted lingerie styles. ... For other uses of this word, see Silk (disambiguation). ... For other uses of this word, see nylon (disambiguation). ...


Most transvestic fetishists are said to be heterosexual men, although there are no studies that accurately represent either their sexual orientation or gender, and most information on this is based on anecdotal evidence or informal surveys. Heterosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love or sexual desire exclusively for members of the opposite sex or gender, contrasted with homosexuality and distinguished from bisexuality and asexuality. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, normally conceived of as falling into several significant categories based around the sex or gender that the individual finds attractive. ... Gender in common usage refers to the sexual distinction between male and female. ...


A small number of people with transvestic fetishism, as the years pass, want to dress and live permanently as women, and desire surgical or hormonal sex reassignment. In such cases the diagnosis should be changed to transsexualism.[1] Image of a woman on the Pioneer plaque sent to outer space. ... Look up Transsexualism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


As a psychiatric condition

There are two key criteria before a psychiatric diagnosis of "transvestic fetishism" is made:

  1. Recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviour, involving cross-dressing.
  2. This causes clinically significant distress or impairment, whether socially, at work, or elsewhere.

Thus, transvestic fetishism is not considered a mental illness unless it causes significant problems for the person concerned. A mental illness or mental disorder refers to one of many mental health conditions characterized by distress, impaired cognitive functioning, atypical behavior, emotional dysregulation, and/or maladaptive behavior. ...


transvestic fetishists may begin wearing their opposite sex's clothing as children, using the clothes of a sibling, parent, or friend. Some parents have said they allowed their children to cross-dress and, in many cases, the child stopped when they became older. It appears that when boys are forbidden to cross-dress, they will try to stop, only to resume doing it later.[citation needed] The same pattern often continues into adulthood, where there may be confrontations with a spouse. Married transvestic fetishists will experience considerable anxiety and guilt if their spouse objects to their behaviour. Some have periodically disposed of all their clothing, a practice called "purging", only to start another collection later.[2]


References

  • Stratton, Jon (1996). The Desirable Body: Cultural Fetishism and the Erotics of Consumption. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0-7190-4701-3
  • Tyler, Carole-Anne (2003). Female Impersonation. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-91687-9

Notes

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Rainbow Reader, Fort Wayne, Indiana

See also

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Sexual fetishism, first described as such by Alfred Binet in his Le fétichisme dans l’amour, though the concept and certainly the activity is quite ancient, is a form of paraphilia where the object of affection is a specific inanimate object or part of a person's body.
Transvestic fetishism, the fetish of dressing in the clothes of the opposite sex, is also common.
Similarly, 'fetish' is often used as a synonym for BDSM, whether or not it involves a fetish in the technical sense.
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