Cross-dressing is the practice of wearing clothes that are traditionally worn by the opposite gender within a particular society. There can be various reasons for cross-dressing. The practice of cross-dressing is also called transvestism (also called transvestitism, from Latin trans-, "across, over" and vestitus, "dressed"). Transvestite refers to a person who cross-dresses; however, the word often has additional physical connotations. In theatre and other stage shows, cross-dressing to portray a character of the opposite gender is known as travesti.
Nearly every human society throughout history has distinguished between male and female gender by the style, color, or type of clothing they wear and has had a set of norms, views, guidelines, or even laws defining what type of clothing is appropriate for each gender. It does not, however, necessarily indicate transgender identity since a person who cross-dresses does not always identify as being of a gender other than their assigned gender.
The term cross-dressing denotes an action or a behavior without attributing or proposing causes for that behavior. Some people automatically connect cross-dressing behavior to transgender identity or sexual, fetishist, and homosexual behavior, but the term cross-dressing itself does not imply any motives.
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