December 27, 2008

Are Transvestites Necessarily Heterosexual?

This research although, shows that, transvestism or cross-dressing is not necessarily a heterosexual phenomenon, but it is clear that it is predominantly a heterosexual phenomenon.

The abstract of the research:

Bonnie Bullough1 and Vern Bullough2

(1) University of Southern California, 1540 Alcazar Street, Los Angeles, California, 90033
(2) State University of New York, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Abstract A survey of 372 male cross-dressers gathered data about present and childhood experiences and attitudes in light of the growing knowledge about transvestism. This article focuses on data related to sexual orientation, particularly in relationship to the definition of transvestism in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association. It is argued that transvestism is not necessarily a heterosexual phenomenon.

"Quote: Hirschfeld, the first serious student of cross-dressing, coined the term
"transvestitism" and indicated that the group was primarily heterosexual."

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