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    Transvestism/Crossdresser

    What is the difference? According to my software dictionary, crossdresser means "Someone who adopts the dress or manner or sexual role of the opposite sex." The noun version for transvestite is exactly the same. However, the verb form of transvestite says, "Receiving sexual gratification from wearing clothing of the opposite sex." Am I in the wrong forums? For me, wearing or watching or feeling womans clothing is only something I do for sexual gratification. I don't feel like I fit in these forums because a lot of you appear to do this for other reasons.

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    Hi gemsay No i don.t think your in the wrong forum because while we may vary on why we dress we all share a lot in common also.When i started dressing it was purely sexual but has evolved to where still sexual sometimes it more of how i feel and want to be.Its my secret place that only other cders understand.So i think if you hang around that you'll find a lot of support and understanding here because no matter who you are or why you dress you have friends here who understand .

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    Quote Originally Posted by justabit View Post
    Hi gemsay No i don.t think your in the wrong forum because while we may vary on why we dress we all share a lot in common also.When i started dressing it was purely sexual but has evolved to where still sexual sometimes it more of how i feel and want to be.Its my secret place that only other cders understand.So i think if you hang around that you'll find a lot of support and understanding here because no matter who you are or why you dress you have friends here who understand .

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    Couldn't have said it better.

    You fit right in dear. I thought I was some kind of sexual freak when I started to dress. Now, It is nice sometime's but not everyday. It is just a stage that you go through for a bit. You will become use to wearing womens things with out getting "excited" all of the time. I am sure there are some exceptions here and there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gemsay32 View Post
    For me, wearing or watching or feeling womans clothing is only something I do for sexual gratification.
    This is because it is so "taboo" to do it. Society (at least ours) dictates that it is wrong to wear womens clothing. That is why it is so arousing.

    There are a lot of things that are exciting because it is not part of the "norm" to do. If it wasn't we wouldn't think twice or feel guilty about it afterward.

    So, long story short, your normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gemsay32 View Post
    What is the difference? According to my software dictionary, crossdresser means "Someone who adopts the dress or manner or sexual role of the opposite sex." The noun version for transvestite is exactly the same. However, the verb form of transvestite says, "Receiving sexual gratification from wearing clothing of the opposite sex." Am I in the wrong forums? For me, wearing or watching or feeling womans clothing is only something I do for sexual gratification. I don't feel like I fit in these forums because a lot of you appear to do this for other reasons.
    The two mean exactly the same (ref Herschfeld who coined the term transvestite). Those who attempt to twist either to mean any form of fetishism do so because they pursue a dark transphobic agenda. I suspect you're in deep denial about your gender identity (I've even know closet w*nkers who've gone on to transition) but that's your business not mine. At least you can't catch HIV from your right hand
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    Smile Gemsay

    As others have already stated, "your in the correct place" for answers to your questions. Like you, my initial experiences with crossdressing were sexual in nature. In due time, this changed into enjoyable feelings not necessarily associated with sexual gratification. Keep reviewing various posts here and you'll surely get answers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justabit View Post
    Hi gemsay No i don.t think your in the wrong forum because while we may vary on why we dress we all share a lot in common also.When i started dressing it was purely sexual but has evolved to where still sexual sometimes it more of how i feel and want to be.Its my secret place that only other cders understand.So i think if you hang around that you'll find a lot of support and understanding here because no matter who you are or why you dress you have friends here who understand .

    lol justabit
    Hi, Gemsay. I 100% agree with this. If you hang around here, you will most assuredly have a greater understanding of yourself. There are a lot of fantastic and culturally diverse people here to talk to. We are all here for the same reason, to network with others who UNDERSTAND. Welcome and enjoy your stay

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    Crummy dictionary.

    >>According to my software dictionary, crossdresser means "Someone who adopts the dress or manner or sexual role of the opposite sex." The noun version for transvestite is exactly the same. However, the verb form of transvestite says, "Receiving sexual gratification from wearing clothing of the opposite sex."


    You're OK, it's the dictionary that is wrong.

    For example, someone who adopts the sexual role of the opposite sex is not "a" crossdresser or "a" transvestite.

    Crossdressing means basically no more than wearing the clothing of the opposite sex. "Trans," as in transvestite, literally translates the same way.

    "A" crossdresser is someone who wears the clothing of the opposite sex for a purpose, but that purpose varies too widely for your definition to be accurate, fair, or, helpful.

    Look up bi-sexual, homosexual, and transgendered in your "software dictionary" and see how gender, clothing, and sex are mentioned in those definitions.

    I'd be surprised if those definitions were any more accurate, honest, or, definitive.

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    Gemsay

    When I first started dressing the sexual part was important, as time has passed my reasons for dressing have changed.IMHO if it were all about sexual needs it would be alot easier.Dressing makes all of me feel good and right, mind and body. You are in the right place Ive learned alot here, mainly that Im not alone and that has helped me immensely to accept myself for who I am.

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    definitions

    even the psychiatric community argues over the definitions for the two words. there is a commonly accepted point-of-view that transvestitism involves the fetish aspect of wearing the clothes of the opposite gender while cross-dressing is associated with gender identity disorder, gender dysphoria and just plain being rebellious.
    for me; it isn't sexual, never was, it is about wearing the clothes that feel like they fit. the clothes change me when they are on.
    there is a huge social dis-connect in that women can easily dress like men [suits, ties, pants, tees] without any back-lash but men don't have the same privilege. WWII and women in the workplace made it easier for them.

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    I aways used to say (half in jest) that a cross dresser is simply someone who can't admit that they are a transvestite.

    Having said that, I really don't care what others call me as I know what I am and that's all that matters to me.
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    I agree with many of the posts above, where it started out as sexual in nature but then transformed into less than that later. So, you're in the right place, most likely. I found my sexual desires diminish the more I wear women's clothing, which actually helps me to deal with the desires. Even the way I look at women shifts, to where I feel it's more healthy when I wear women's clothing - I look at them to see what they're wearing, but not so I can judge them for the clothes or their body/face, but to look at the overall image and see if the look they have is what I want for myself. Then if it is, I will note the items/ makeup/hairstyle and try those combinations on myself later.

    The desires to wear women's clothing has increased as I have aged, and I think it might be due to shifts in hormone levels with time. Not sure on that one, as I've not had any hormone analysis done scientifically.

    I feel that God made me this way, and rather than fight against it, I need to go along with it, finding ways to diminish feelings that could be harmful to others. Crossdressing isn't evil, and accepting it has made me feel like a whole person.

    As far as the difference in terms between transvestite and crossdresser, I'm not at all sure on that one. I'm just me and that's all that matters. I would prefer to be dressed female all the time. I know there's others that don't and are happy doing it only now and then. So which ever definition fits where you are, I'd go with that. I've kind of gone along with Transgendered for myself, wrong or right by others definitions, but it's a broad term I realize.

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    Hi Gemsay, like the rest I don't think you're in the wrong forum at all, quite the opposite. I started dressing, like a lot of other members at around age 4/5 so much too toung to know the sexual aspect of it. By my teens and later it would have been very difficult for me to successfully 'tuck' for more than a few minutes, yes it had become a sexuak gratification exercise. Now, however, that side has waned and the enjoyment is purely from the wearing of the clothing (well almost all of it ). Hope this helps and that you enjoy your membership here and we hear lots more from you.
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    We know more than most therapists! what great posts. I am 62 and when I first starting looking up the word transvestite (the only one in use until it became 'politically correct' -for want of better expression- to term the attraction 'crossdressing'--the words MORBID DESIRE was used. Gee , that was so upsetting to think that the desire to wear nylon panties, etc was 'morbid'. Personally, I believe that transvestism is mostly tied to a form of fetish dressing with the goal of sexual release. Nothing wrong with this, we are human creatures. I found that 'when I stressed, I dressed' (I didn't coin that expression). Now, as my testosterone heads south, with help of meds, it is truly crossdressing as I feel it is what is appropriate for me to wear, however odd that would seem to 99 44/100 of the population. No more arousal sensations, but that is how I wish it to be. Libido can become too much of a good thing.It actually is a form of let down, however, to lose this-we all know the joys of mental and physical arousal and climax-but that is largely gone. Look how folks fight to keep this-the Levetra ads,etc.
    It can be very peaceful to revel in crossdressing without pesky sex drive popping up (terrible pun!). I am sorry, I never have short answers/opinions-only mine, hope I haven't offended anyone!
    So crossdressing, transvestism, both are totally fine and nothing for which we should allow others to shame us.

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    Hi Gemsay, Hun,I don't think there's much difference between a Transvestite and a Crossdresser all the same. When I was first dabbling in buying female stuff in department stores and shopping malls a year or two after high school,the term "Transvestite" was still widely in use. That must've been like 1976-1977. I first heard the term "Crossdresser" in 1979. As for me I do this for all kinds of reasons that are a combination of sexual,narcissistic,relaxing and exciting all at once. Furthermore, I've always considered myself to be pretty much of a sissy. Registered even. I wanted a toy "Betty's Beauty Parlor Set" when I was 7. And don't worry about the sexual part. There are many of us here who are the same way. I think "Crossdresser" is a better,more clever,more sophisticated and more clinical kind of term,along with terms like "Gender Variant" to be used in any kind of legal wrangling over things like LGBT/TG/TS/CD rights and issues but it is also the polite word to use instead of calling someone a "transvestite".


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    If it feels good, do it

    Crossdresser, transvestite, drag queen, they are only names. We are what we are.

    When I dressed regularly many moons ago. it started out as mainly a sexual thing.

    As a teen a became my fantasy girl. The more I dressed the better I felt. I curled my long hair (I was a hippy then), put on my makeup and clothes and escaped into my own happy place. When I was done, so to speak., the guilts came in. But I always dressed again.

    As an adult when I lived alone, it still started as a sexual release but evolved. I started to tuck everything back in and stayed dressed. I relished in the feel, taste and smell of the makeup and clothes. I could not get enough of becoming a girl, at least for a while. The more completely I dressed the better it was for me.

    Moving to a new place forced me to purge all of my "stuff" and I have not dressed in years. Taking a chance and joining this sight made me realize a few things. There a lot of us, (choose your title) out there. We all come here for the same thing, support from our peers and to give support to our peers.

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    Easy,

    Transvestite does it for sexual reasons and starts thinking about it during puberty

    Transsexual wishes and inevitably does change sex because she needs to live like a woman, she usually starts pre-puberty

    Crossdresser likes the feel of the clothes and doues it more for relaxation. Often starts after puberty and can start in middle age or later.

    But then I am a t-girl so what am I?

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    Gemsay, for me it is still a sexual thing but still love the look and feeling of the lingerie. So one could say it is more of a cross dressing fetish. Bottom line who cares what the "label" is. do what feels good and enjoy it!

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    Seems so many are obsessed with labeling themselves. Filed, categorized, assorted, assigned. Jeeeesh!
    Who cares?

    Like Shakespeare wrote: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"

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    I recently came across the term Dual-role transvestism as an identified GID, distinguished from fetishistic transvestism, in a pamphlet about transgendered patients that was to be given to health care providers. I was curious because I had never heard the term used before.

    Personally I don't like to think of myself as being a crossdresser, but that's my own definition. The problem with definitions like these is that they are too limited. I think of myself as a male bodied person who identifies more completely as female and with female roles. I don't become a different person because I change clothes.

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    No, You are nut at wrong place, You are at a proper & correct place, A leaving creture on earth is produced on earth with sex so in c.d.ing sex will there be or otherwise why we would have been here.During c.d.ing if sex evokes then there is nothing wrong on the contrery c.d.ing satisfy our sexual urges & needs so be i contect with forum
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    labels just don't do it, unfortunately

    It is true that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Unfortunately, we all like to be able to know what we are. For some, the labels "man" and "woman" work very nicely (even though those definitions are probably as hard to write as any other!). Some on this forum seem to be able to identify that they crossdress for relaxation, or because it feels good just to do it, or that it's a fetish. Others really feel the need to be identified in the other gender (to which, often, the term transexual is applied).

    Then there are many of us who just don't fit. Without a doubt, I love to be Tina! Maybe it's just because she is new, but I don't think so. There is a feminine part of me that seems only to come to fruition when the clothes and hair change, the makeup goes on along with the nail polish, the voice changes, the body movement changes, and then the thought patterns change. If I never wanted to change back, it seems that "transsexual" would be appropriate. The problem is that I do want to change back because I like the guy part of me too.

    So, I'm stuck with transgendered, or, as some have written, bigendered.

    My whole point here is that just as the breadth of "man" and "woman" would really defy complete agreement in humanity, all the rest of these labels require qualifications and asterisks! Heck, even the term "human" has come under scrutiny! Maybe we all need to agree upon one label:

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    Crossdresser = USA term
    Transvestite = UK term

    It's that simple. You will find most CD's in the UK do not like being called a CD, they prefer being called a tranny... and the majority do not do it for sexual reasons only. And USA CD's do not like being called trannys. So the term transvestite being for sexual reasons only is a moot point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouslooker View Post
    This is because it is so "taboo" to do it. Society (at least ours) dictates that it is wrong to wear womens clothing. That is why it is so arousing.

    There are a lot of things that are exciting because it is not part of the "norm" to do. If it wasn't we wouldn't think twice or feel guilty about it afterward.

    So, long story short, your normal.
    Feeling guilty? I don't do it too often, so the guilty doesn't bother me. (I don't try to look like a woman, but I did try recording myself many years ago to see how I looked - all for fun. My back was too big, too many muscles, wrong skeletal arrangement. So I couldn't use that for gratification purposes. In the end, I've found that the clothing is enough. It's a solely a tactile experience.) Now, there have been a few times I felt guilty. Right now I am kind of fuzzy about why, but I'll try my best to explain why I might have felt that way a couple times.

    Here goes...

    First point is that womans clothing is "weak". It's unmanly and society views it very negatively for a man to wear it unless it's simply fun/games/jokes for rare occasions. The jokes/fun might even be used to demean people who do it more frequently (transvestites/etc). Point two is that sexual gratification of any form is sinful from a religious standpoint. It's also indulgent and selfish to many people as sexual gratification that does not produce children is wasted energy.

    The best way I can sum up why I've felt guilty a few times is that it's too indulgent and fake. I mean, I'm enjoying myself with an article of clothing? Shouldn't I be out there enjoying myself with real people?? Any type of activity that's indulgent and as unproductive will incite this feeling of guilt. It's not restricted to this alone. It wouldn't be so bad if the gratification I received required me to do things with people and learn life skills.

    Sometimes I think that I'm blessed to find this kind of pleasure in something so simple and straightforward, but other times I think it's backwards and unproductive.

    Thanks fo the responses, but I'm still not sure whether I belong here. Again, I'm not trying to be a woman and I don't want to be! Being a guy is great. You got more muscle mass and can move around easier, imho. There're lots of benefits - like being able to act stupid and have your friends pat you on the back with a big grin. I think where I don't belong in this whole guy thing is that I don't fit in with the manly men. I have always been weaker than them and tend to not like the dirtier aspects of manhood. I think I fit in more with scientist-types and artist-types and philosopher-types. I have great respect for a manly man though.
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    Transvestites hide out in seedy alleyways in the wrong part of town. Crossdressers hang out in their livingrooms, fine restaurants, and at art galleries. LOL

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