Some definitions…

There haven’t been that many studies on cross-dressing, possibly because it’s really not that important.  It’s just a bunch of guys in skirts; that’s it!  However, one which I think might be worth mentioning is a study in the 1960s with 504 transvestites and its follow-up with 1200 transvestites in the 1990s by Prince and Bentler:

  • 12% were transexuals
  • 12% were doing it for a sexual fetish
  • 69% were “Seeking feminine expression”
  • 28% had a “homosexual experience” (versus 37% in the general population; Kinsey)

How representative the sample was I have no idea; in the earlier study, they got responses from men subscribing to a magazine, which would be a self-selecting group that skews the results.  Also, I would define “Seeking feminine expression” as “Just doing it for the hell of it” (I don’t consider myself particularly feminine; I just think the clothes look good and want to try ’em out).  The phrase “homosexual experience” is a bit vague as well; what counts as a homosexual experience?  Being hit on by another man?  Kissed?  Full-on bow-chika bow-chika?  Something considered homosexual by one person might not be considered so by another.

In October 1993, the CIA produced a report, Sexual Behaviour & Security Risk and had the following to say about transvestites. They are:

  • are male heterosexuals
  • distinct from drag queens or female impersonators (RuPaul says she “dresses like a drag queen”)
  • are Not Dangerous (yipee!)

That’s pretty much the definition I’m going to go for. The report also says transvestites:

  • lack public acceptance
  • may lack discretion
  • are susceptible to blackmail/extortion

– you don’t have to be the sharpest tool in the box to realise that the lack of acceptance and susceptibility to blackmail are linked.  As for discretion, that depends on what you’re wearing and what you do whilst wearing it…

I’ll refer to some of these studies again later (if I remember).

psychology, innit?

The README post

Assuming this blog runs and runs, here’s a quick summary of the tags/categories I intend to use:
*Updated 13 December 2015 with revamp of the site.

— About Twist (me, navel-gazing)
— Site News (anything that’s just about the blog rather than crossdressing)

Adventures in Cross-Dressing
(fun times had whilst wearing a skirt and heels)

— Cross-Dressing (anything to do with cross-dressing)
— Culture & Media (songs, movies, TV, games)
— Opinion (my brains get gobby)
— Practicalities (how to do wigs, tits and transformations)
— Psychology (in which I do a science)
— Relationships (getting on with those around you)
— Social Issues (weightier stuff)

— Cosplay (me in costume!)
— Fashion (the focus is on cool clothes)
— Out and About (in public)
— Photoshopped (I get all arty and shiz)
— Scenic (the background tries to upstage me)
— Spinal Twist (icanhaz catsuit?)
— Sporty (in which I lie about my fitness)

Kicking things off in high heels…

Well, hello there!

This is my first stab at blogging, and it’s aimed at people interested in cross-dressing.

Wearing girly clothes is something I only do for fun. It’s a part of my life, but it’s not the only thing I do. Hopefully, I can pass on some of the things I’ve learnt along the way and encourage anybody who’s thinking about getting started.