From cosplay to crossdressing, a question of reality?

Crossdressing is a widespread practice that is little understood. The male-to-female crossdresser, who differs from a transgender woman, has a palette of roles to chose from. But what impact does this playing with apearences have on our relationship to reality?

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Playing roles

You could say we are all playing roles in our lives, if only by unconsciously limiting our behaviour and dress to conform with the expectations that go with a profession or a role as husband, wife, parent or whatever… But for some people the roles they play and how they dress for them are more consciously and deliberately fashioned and acted out.… Read more

Adding a touch of colour…

When a boy who dresses as a girl, but has no wish to transition, is confronted with a boisterous crowd of transgender youth in search of a safe haven.

From a boy lost in a book to…

At the beginning of October last year I started writing The Boy in the Book, fascinated by the way we move in an out of stories of our own and others’ making.… Read more

“Yes!”

Riverside

Two young teenagers, Peter and Fi, are on the towpath beside the river Frayne in the following extract from Boy & Girl. But what is the unspoken question Peter answers? You’ll have to read the book to find out… but know that it might not be what you think.Read more

The inseparable pair

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“When I look at a girl, all the girl’s in the choir, for example, what strikes me is that being a girl comes natural to them. They don’t have to think about it. It’s what they are. If I were a girl like them there would be nothing special in dressing or acting as one.Read more

Boy dressed in girls’ clothes

Dressing as a girl while remaining attached to being a boy is not the same as being convinced you are a girl. What role do girl’s clothes play in this complex flirt with femininity?

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Alexander, Aonyan, Aubrey, Bell, Boris, Cameron, Camila, Charlie, Daniella, Ella, Elle, Ellery, Jenny, Kim, Lawrence, Lily, Mishel, Nong Poy, Saphire, Stav, Vincent, Yue Yue, Yuki, and many more.
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Ambiguity on Pinterest

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Ella from Becoming Ella

As part of preparation for my novel Boy & Girl I collected photos related to gender ambiguity on a Pinterest board (*). It was not easy to find suitable material. For some reason, many males who dress as females feel a need to exhibit their masculinity in a way that is not suitable for the wider audience.… Read more