Anecdotal v. Scientific!
My recent preoccupation (yes, I admit it) with the similarities between natural women and heterosexual crossdressers was triggered by an article published on the https://www.mycdlife.com website hosted by Gabrielle Hermosa. In her explanation of the myths about crossdressing (#7) she writes of her former spouse’s propensity to admire her reflection while dressed provocatively. This phenomenon should certainly ring familiar with many crossdressers because that’s kind-of-exactly what we do.
Regardless of the terminology, analysis, or fantasies involved, I’ve never once heard a CD maintain that they didn’t enjoy the thought, image, or sensation of dressing in feminine clothing. Ironically, some of the clothing that I now find appealing and satisfying is not, by most definitions, provocative at all. Skinny jeans, a tunic, and booties can look very attractive, but, in most iterations it would not generally be considered uniquely sexy.
Gabrielle’s article brought me back to behaviors I’ve identified over the years. For example, my wife, who is very attractive, has a particular view of what looks good when she makes her choice of clothing. When I compliment her choices or suggest other potential choices, it really always comes down to how she wants to look. I’m not suggesting that she sees things the same as Gabrielle’s former spouse or that she engages in any sort of self-admiration, harmless as that may be. I’m just suggesting that appreciation for the clothing or the look we choose for ourselves likely has a gender variant and/or sexual component to which it is linked.
Since feminine clothing is generally more ornamental than masculine clothing, within our Western culture it is not a stretch to understand why or how it could draw both male and female enthusiasts. Many non-CD men, regardless of their counter-assertions, select and admire all sorts of fetish attire. Those of you who “served,” can acknowledge how many guys get-off on any variety of military uniform choices. Should crossdressing be judged harshly because the choices aren’t approved for male accoutrementation?
So, why the title for this comment? Because I’ve read Blanchard, Lawrence, Moser, et all, and none of their studies confirm or effectively refute the similarities between mildly-sexualized, but otherwise normal, females and heterosexual crossdressers. The surveys (questionnaires), I believe, are far too random and skirt (no pun) the genuine components of eroticism they are trying to identify. Perhaps this is not one for science unless someone is trying to fulfill an academic publication expectation. Perhaps, instead, the anecdotal documentation and admissions by actual women are what we really need if our objective is to understand the attraction of feminine clothing among cis women, transgendered women, and crossdressers alike. Thank you, Gabrielle!
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