CROSS DRESSING MYTHS, FALLACIES AND MOST THERAPISTS WITHOUT A CLUE

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Julian Gladstone aka Julie Gaum

Nullifying that progress “Drag Queens” (A small group of transgendered and transsexuals with grossly exaggerated feminine behavior and wardrobe exhibiting for financial gain or psychiological problems — not condeming their life-style) and the pathetic creatures that Jerry Springer lures by hard cash to his TV shows in the guise of cross dressing objects. Most of these represent only fringes of the CD community but they do engender audience ridicule — communicating impressions to the general public that are not only negative but totally off the mark. RuPaul, in the 1990s, despite her fame with nightclubs, TV and albums denied that he was a cross dresser but rather an entertainer for “I do not impersonate females. How many women do you know who wear 7-inch heels, 4-foot wigs and skintight dresses?.” Nevertheless RuPaul did appear on TV’s Hollywood Squares in more conservative attire and did admit that he had always been gay. We should give him credit for rising from poverty though handicapped at early age for being both homosexual and liking to dress as a female, in the deep South no less and then attaining fame and fortune.

There were and are female impersonators who became professionals in order to earn a living entertaining or performing.. Though many in this group are heterosexual others likely fit into one of the sexual orientated categories previously described. Female impersonators (For a time called “Feminine mimics”) can be found hundreds of years ago in Japanese plays for GGs were not permitted to perform, in some of Shakespeare’s works, in Italian opera, and as far back as the Roman times. Since the late 1800s such performers as Julian Eltinge and hundreds like him have appeared in dramas, in vaudeville, in movies and finally on TV. How many were or are hetero “straight” is impossible to know with data available.. Why does it matter? Only that since the majority of crossdressers are straight they would like to keep the distinction clear, not to disparage Bi and gays, but to avoid having wives, family and friends leaping to conclusions that “is not me” In a way that appears odd because society in this day and age can easier grasp the gay label but have a much harder time understanding why cross dressers do what they do — the reasons are so disparate that it’s impossible to fit all their motives under one umbrella.

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