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'''Transvestic fetishism''' is a [[sexual fetish]] for the [[clothing]] of the opposite [[gender role|gender]]. It is one of a number of [[cross-dressing]] behaviours and is primarily a [[psychiatric]] term.
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'''Transvestic fetishism''' is a [[sexual fetish]] for the clothing of the opposite [[gender role|gender]]. It is one of a number of [[cross-dressing]] behaviours and is primarily a [[psychiatric]] term.
   
 
Transvestic fetishism, ''fetishistic transvestism'' and sometimes ''[[transvestism]]'' are also often used to describe ''any'' [[sexual]] behaviour or [[arousal]] that is in any way connected to clothes of the other gender. Especially the latter is problematic, because transvestism and cross-dressing are neither a sexual fetish, nor do they necessarily have anything to do with sexual behaviour or arousal.
 
Transvestic fetishism, ''fetishistic transvestism'' and sometimes ''[[transvestism]]'' are also often used to describe ''any'' [[sexual]] behaviour or [[arousal]] that is in any way connected to clothes of the other gender. Especially the latter is problematic, because transvestism and cross-dressing are neither a sexual fetish, nor do they necessarily have anything to do with sexual behaviour or arousal.
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[[Image:Fullslip.jpg|thumb|250px|A folded cream-coloured full slip]]
 
[[Image:Fullslip.jpg|thumb|250px|A folded cream-coloured full slip]]
Some male transvestic fetishists collect women's [[clothing]], e.g. [[nightgown]]s, [[Slip (clothing)|slip]]s and other types of [[nightwear]] and [[lingerie]]. They may dress in these feminine garments and take photographs of themselves to live out their secret fantasies. Many men love the feeling of wearing silk or nylon and adore the silky fabric of women's nightwear and lingerie.
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Some male transvestic fetishists collect women's clothing, e.g. nightgowns, slips and other types of nightwear and lingerie. They may dress in these feminine garments and take photographs of themselves to live out their secret fantasies. Many men love the feeling of wearing silk or nylon and adore the silky fabric of women's nightwear and lingerie.
   
 
Most transvestic fetishists are said to be [[heterosexual]] men, although there are no studies that accurately represent either their [[sexual orientation]] or gender, and most information on this is based on anecdotal evidence or informal surveys.
 
Most transvestic fetishists are said to be [[heterosexual]] men, although there are no studies that accurately represent either their [[sexual orientation]] or gender, and most information on this is based on anecdotal evidence or informal surveys.
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== When is it a psychiatric condition? ==
 
== When is it a psychiatric condition? ==
   
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# Recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviour, involving cross-dressing.
 
# Recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviour, involving cross-dressing.
 
# This causes clinically significant distress or impairment, whether socially, at work, or elsewhere.
 
# This causes clinically significant distress or impairment, whether socially, at work, or elsewhere.
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# Or is experienced as ego-dystonic to a significant degree.
   
 
Thus, transvestic fetishism is not considered a [[mental illness]] unless it causes significant problems for the person concerned.
 
Thus, transvestic fetishism is not considered a [[mental illness]] unless it causes significant problems for the person concerned.
   
''Compare also:'' [[List of transgender-related topics]]
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==See also==
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[[List of transgender-related topics]]
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==References & Bibliography==
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==Key texts==
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*[http://scholar.google.com/scholar?sourceid=mozclient&num=50&scoring=d&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&q=Transvestic+fetishism Google Scholar]
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[[Category:Transgender people and behavior]]

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Transvestic fetishism is a sexual fetish for the clothing of the opposite gender. It is one of a number of cross-dressing behaviours and is primarily a psychiatric term.

Transvestic fetishism, fetishistic transvestism and sometimes transvestism are also often used to describe any sexual behaviour or arousal that is in any way connected to clothes of the other gender. Especially the latter is problematic, because transvestism and cross-dressing are neither a sexual fetish, nor do they necessarily have anything to do with sexual behaviour or arousal.

Also, not every sexual behaviour where clothes of the other gender are involved are transvestic fetishism, they are also often used in sexual roleplay without being a fetish. Also, many transgendered people, mostly transwomen, also cross-dress before coming out in sexual contexts, to relieve their cross-gender feelings. This behavior is likewise not considered transvestic fetishism.

Fullslip

A folded cream-coloured full slip

Some male transvestic fetishists collect women's clothing, e.g. nightgowns, slips and other types of nightwear and lingerie. They may dress in these feminine garments and take photographs of themselves to live out their secret fantasies. Many men love the feeling of wearing silk or nylon and adore the silky fabric of women's nightwear and lingerie.

Most transvestic fetishists are said to be heterosexual men, although there are no studies that accurately represent either their sexual orientation or gender, and most information on this is based on anecdotal evidence or informal surveys.

When is it a psychiatric condition?

There are two key criteria before a psychiatric diagnosis of "transvestic fetishism" is made:

  1. Recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviour, involving cross-dressing.
  2. This causes clinically significant distress or impairment, whether socially, at work, or elsewhere.
  3. Or is experienced as ego-dystonic to a significant degree.

Thus, transvestic fetishism is not considered a mental illness unless it causes significant problems for the person concerned.


See also

List of transgender-related topics

References & Bibliography

Key texts

Books

Papers

Additional material

Books

Papers

External links

de:Transvestitischer Fetischismus

is:Transvestic fetishism he:פטישיזם טרנסווסטי nl:Travestiet

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