One of the most popular posts I wrote for my Gazette blog and reprinted on my Jillian Page blog (jillianpage.com) was about men who self-identify as men and like to wear pantyhose, skirts and other feminine attire. I’ve heard from men all over the world, some of whom sent me photos and wrote guest pieces for me.
Although those posts are no longer available on the Gazette site, a modified version of one of them is on my other blog site and is one of the most-read posts there. So here it is again, with further modifications for this blog.
There is no law that I know of that says a man who dresses en femme at times must identify as a transgender person or a transsexual person or a woman. And long-time readers of my old Gazette blog and my personal blog know that a lot of men wear pantyhose, skirts, blouses and such, and they do not identify as trans people or women. Granted, some do it for fetish reasons, but many dress en femme simply because they enjoy the clothes.
While some may identify as cross-dressers, many don’t, and it would be an insult to them to label them as such. They are simply men who like to wear feminine attire sometimes. Why should a man who dresses in feminine attire be labelled a cross-dresser while a woman who dresses in more masculine attire — even if it has been slightly feminized — not be labelled? It seems to be a double standard, yes?
Indeed, we might all be surprised if we knew just how many guys are wearing female undergarments to work everyday. And why shouldn’t they?
I wonder how many of those guys would wear skirts and blouses or dresses with those hidden femme undergarments to work if they had the same freedom in clothes presentation that women have. Sadly, men have fewer rights when it comes to clothes.
But is the growing popularity of transgenderism helping their cause, or hurting it? How many men are claiming to be transgender in order to dress in more traditionally feminine garb in public?
I’d like to hear from the guys who dress en femme sometimes but do not identify as transgender people, even if they claim to be in order to have clothes freedom. So many of you have written to me in the past and have had your comments posted in my Gazette blog and my blog at jillianpage.com.
You are invited now to carry the discussion forward.
— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey