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Transvestic Fetishism: Sexual Arousal from Cross Dressing

 
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Transvestic fetishism is a disorder where one derives sexual arousal from wearing clothes of the opposite sex. The majority of such cases involve males wearing female clothing, but there are some reports that females also derive similar sexual pleasure from wearing men’s clothes. The disorder is only considered a problem if the individual has been deriving sexual pleasure from cross dressing for at least six months. Moreover, the urge to cross dress must cause some type of personal stress and affect both lifestyle and interpersonal relationships.

The exact number of people who are into transvestic fetishism is unknown because it is typically a behavior performed at home and not many people brag about it. What is known is that the behavior usually starts in early adolescence and continues throughout life. Men who practice this behavior are often sexually aroused by wearing female garments which may include bras, panties, corsets, slips, girdles, stockings, shoes and even jewelry. These individuals will often masturbate while wearing clothing or may get aroused from just fondling the items. The majority of people who practice this behavior are heterosexuals, usually married or with partners who are fully aware of the fetish. In many cases, these people also have children and lead an otherwise normal life.

Transvestic fetish is usually performed in private but many males do wear female undergarments to work. Of course, the clothing is worn under regular work clothes.

Transvestic fetishism and trans-sexual disorder are not the same. With the former, the individual still wishes to live his or her life as a member of his or her current sex.

Transvestic fetishism is not considered illegal or criminal and most of these individuals lead normal lives. Just like some people like to watch pornographic movies for sexual arousal, these individuals like to cross dress for the purpose of sexual arousal. Problems usually arise when this type of fetish is combined with other paraphilias like pedophilia or voyeurism.

Most people who practice this type of fetish behavior do not want to be treated because they usually are not harming anyone.

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Anonymous

I love dressing up in girlie clothes it make me feel so good and yes I get sexual pleasure from it. I would like to buy my own clothes but get embarrassed while shopping, going into shops to look and then walk away in case people are watching. I am really jealous of you gals that are more brave, bless you. I love make up and am lucky enough to have a wife who lets me have her make up to use. I do feel guilty but as I get older I am coming to terms with how I feel, still love it and I now know this will never change. Jo xx

October 5, 2017 - 1:39pm
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Anonymous

why are you calling it a disorder? is what it is nothing out of order.

June 30, 2016 - 9:54am
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Anonymous

I started cross-dressing at a very young age - it's long, long story and I have come a long, long way. However, after many years, a long loving marriage, children and many, many guilty purges, now in my fifties I accept and embrace my famine side. I still, at times, struggle with unnecessary guilt when I come across prejudice (quite often). Society, unfortunately, listen and believe people like the good Dr Shamir Benji, who 'sell' cross-dressing as a mental health problem. Due to this Cross-dressers are, or feel, compelled to hide their famine side - least society should find out - else one is ostracized for being 'different'. Therefore can so called 'experts', please, please stop referring to cross-dressing as a mental health problem. Thank you, Emily

March 25, 2016 - 8:59pm
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Anonymous

I have been cross dressing since I can remember (literally). I am now 59 and enjoy it still.

March 30, 2015 - 8:04pm
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Anonymous

To clarify my foster dad thought I was doing this when I was about eleven maybe younger and his remedy was to sit me down at the kitchen table for what seemed like hours (you know when your bum goes square and even your legs go numb) after giving me a good couple of smacks that is and the proceeded to tell me I was a dirty little weirdo that I was sick, filthy (I, ll leave out the swear words and most of the threats in between ) the most memorable threat was he was going to send me back to social services bearing in mind I had been placed with them at 4 months old so the thought terrified me I remember crying and begging him not to to the point where I was almost sick when I was told don't you dare you (and the above insults came again) the result was I believed it I didn't have any physical contact with a woman until I was twenty (not even kissing) because in my mind it was as though I thought they would somehow think the same my first and second relationships where a train wreck and my third which I'm in now is amazing my partner accepts who I am and she loves the sub side when I'm in that mood and her dom side which she never had before and when I'm not dressing up I'm the normal dom and she's the sub we both think it's fantastic so to see it being called a disorder makes me kinda angry ( I have a lot of that)

March 7, 2015 - 6:37pm
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Anonymous

I like how this article starts by saying it's a disorder as if it's a mental health problem when it isn't you are are not perverts or weird in any way you are using something to enhance or even to get sexual arousal the same way everyone else does but might use different methods. Don't let anyone tell you you have an issue especially pseudo psychiatrists who think they have the answer as to why you do these things and what that makes you

March 7, 2015 - 6:20pm

I wrote the note above, having come on this site for period info, but saw this comment about cross-dressing arousals. My partner is a full time cross-dresser who had gender mix complications at birth. The issue of PGAD may be a much bigger issue than had ever be imagined, even by the experts. I can bring this as a comparison between us, as when I feel good about the way I am, I am aroused just like my partner is. This can be at any time of day or night, in public, anywhere. When I say aroused, that is what I mean, even to the point of climax, fully dressed without a hint of any stimulation. I know this experience is not just confined to me as several of my lebian friends 'enjoy' the same. I need to add to make clear that I am refering to females who enjoy wearing very feminine clothes just as cross-dressers do & derive pleasure from it in much the same way. I know that there are butch females as have been descibed in the original text. I believe that we need to separate the terms masculinity & femininty from the gender terms of male or female. If there was not the society inhibition of secrecy, a more fuller picture of what is really going on would be come much clearer.
Best wishes
Valerie

February 14, 2011 - 1:55pm
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Anonymous

Hello. I have just read this article regarding cross-dressing fetish & arousal from wearing femonune clothes amongst males. I do not think that the fetish arousal is confined just to males. I know several females in the lesbian community who enjoy the pleasure just the same as I did of some of my schoolgirl friends going back forty years. I do not believe that these 'femme' females are any different to the cross-dressing males except that they do not stand out in a crowd. Hope that helps
Valerie

February 14, 2011 - 12:35am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thanks for your comment. I try to resist as much as possible, but it's a loosing battle. I don't know why my mind toys with me. I am 47 male now and I started experiencing this before I even knew what I was doing. I want to say 2nd or 3rd grade. I keep it well hidden. This is the first time I googled it to see what is wrong with me.

July 11, 2017 - 6:31pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Be who you are. My husband struggles everyday with who he is and it breaks my heart. I support him in his silent play time, unfortunately it has broken our once intimate relationship. But we remain life partners for our children. I only wish he had shared with me before we were married and had a family. Then I would have had a choice.

October 30, 2017 - 8:14am
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