Cross dressing

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Ukrainian president Volodoymr Zelensky and former comedian (second from left) wearing tight leather pants and high heels, in a satirical music video.[1]

Cross-dressingcan be s a form of gender confusion. It involves dressing up in the clothing and accessories of the opposite gender by people who follow a homosexual, or transverse life-style. The majority of crossdressers are men, though there are women who dress and behave in an ostentatiously masculine way. Examples of cross dressing include carrying an item of the opposite sex, smoking a pipe, or wearing a tie, putting on make-up a lipstick, shaving the entire body, as well as padded bras, and wigs, which is called passing, by crossdressers and transsexuals.

Crossdressing may be an indicator of gender confusion or a fetish, though not in the case of pantomime, or mummering. Also in earlier times women were not allowed to act in plays, so that women's parts were taken by men or boys. It is considered a psychiatric disorder (fetishistic transvestism), by conservative Christians, Muslims, etc. Some brave, strong individuals resist cross-dressing, contrary to the common view that this is not possible. They are merely trying to excuse their behaviour. It is possible to resist it, contrary to what those, who have fallen into sin, say.


Cross-dressing (also known as 'drag') has been associated with the theater for hundreds of years. In Shakespeare's England, women were not allowed to appear on stage, so female roles were played by boys dressed in women's costume. In Spanish theater at the same time, women were allowed to perform, and the plots of playwrights such as Tirso de Molina and Lope de Vega often called for female characters to disguise themselves as men, particularly in comedies.

In the present day, cross-dressing is still a feature of some traditional theatrical forms such as pantomime, where dames are played by men in exaggerated female costume[2] and leading male roles are often played by women as well (e.g. the eponymous hero in Dick Whittington).

Religious Views

According to conservative Christians cross dressing is a sin.[3]


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  2. Pantomime Dames
  3. Deut.22:5: The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
  • Handbook of Psychiatry by Michael Shepherd