For example, a man may become sexually aroused by wearing a bra and skirt while a woman may become aroused by wearing a jock strap. Cross-dressing is typically a brief, private activity. General transvestism or cross-dressing is different from transvestic fetishism. Transvestism is also different from transgenderism, which is when individuals feel that their sexual anatomy does not match their gender identity. Transgender people dress as the opposite gender as a lifestyle because they view themselves as trapped in the wrong body and identify with the opposite gender. Many cross-dressers identify themselves as heterosexual; therefore, cross-dressing is not necessarily a homosexual act. Transvestites may not have a more specific label for themselves, or may choose not to label themselves at all; however, some transvestites identify with one of three common subgroups: nuclear transvestism, marginal transvestism, and fetishistic transsexualism. Note that nuclear transvestism is far more common than marginal transvestism and fetishistic transsexualism. Transvestism can be appealing for several different reasons. Some people view cross-dressing as a fun version of role-playing.
Transvestic fetishism is a psychiatric diagnosis applied to those who are thought to have an excessive sexual or erotic interest in cross-dressing ; this interest is often expressed in autoerotic behavior. It differs from cross-dressing for entertainment or other purposes that do not involve sexual arousal , and is categorized as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Males with late-onset gender dysphoria "frequently engage in transvestic behavior with sexual excitement," which could include transvestic fetishism. According to DSM-IV, this fetishism was limited to heterosexual men; however, the DSM-5 does not have this restriction, and opens it to women and men with this interest, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Typically, it refers to people who experience arousal by dressing like a member of the opposite sex, and is not the same as people who identify as transgender or non-binary. While writing this feature, I quizzed endless people of all genders and sexualities about how they perceived transvestic fetishism and whether they even agreed with the terminology. Some men like dressing in entirely female clothes, whereas others will just wear underwear beneath standard male attire. Interestingly, transvestic fetishism is rarely indulged in by women — possibly because they already have far more social freedom when it comes to choosing clothing. Most of my sexual experiences have actually been with women. As with almost all fetishes that are legal and consensual, tranvestic fetishism is only a problem if it causes a problem. Violet Fenn is a freelance writer and blogger. MORE: Want to electrify your sex life? Electro-stimulation is a thing and we tried it.
Please don't try to second guess the test. Having a raging latex fetish doesn't invalidate your transgender impulses. This isn't just about penis size but your skills as a lover generally and your 'masculinity. You are keenly aware that some of your crossgender behaviour is overtly fetishistic sissifcation, humilaition, transvestic etc. Until we have a much greater knowledge of the brain and the way it directs sexuality and gender…the causal mechanism of your transgender impulse is impossible to know. There are no facts. Therefore, all this time you are spending on the fetish versus transgender question is a waste of time because the answer is, at this point in scientific history, unknowable. Because whatever the cause of your gender crisis, we know that the resultant symptoms are so severe for the individual that it is completely irrelevant whether the whole thing began with a fetish or a genuine female essence. A full blown gender crisis is a serious event with major repercussions for mental and physical health and has to be dealt with by well established clinical means — none of which are affected by the suspected sexual origins of the condition. So what?