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Or: transvestitism :

1. Dressing in clothes of the opposite-sex for sexual pleasure. A distinction is sometimes made between genuine transvestitism as someone who dresses as a woman because he believes he is a woman and behavioral transvestitism , a male crossdresser who readily accepts his maleness , even delights in it , but occasionally dresses in women's clothes.

2. The derivation of sexual pleasure from dressing or masquerading in the clothing of the opposite-sex . Transvestism and homosexuality are sometimes erroneously lumped together as synonymous; in reality transvestites may be either heterosexual or homosexual .

ETYMOLOGY: From the Latin, trans , across, and vestis , garment, vestire , to clothe.

SEE ALSO: eonism ; cross-dressing ; fetishistic-cross-dressing .

See Also: aberrant sex, cross-dressing, deviant sexual behavior, eonism, sexual aberration, sexual deviance, sexual deviancy, sexual deviation, transvestic fetishism, transvestism, transvestitism, transvestophilia

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