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Sexualities: Transvestism: Overview
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Transvestism is the phenomenon of cross-dressing. The terms transvestism and transvestite are said to have been created by Magnus Hirschfeld in his book entitled Die Transvestiten in 1910. It was first translated in English as cross-dressing in 1911 (King 1996, 82).

Transvestism has long existed in human history. Historical documents reveal evidence of it in various cultures, epochs, religions, and societies. Examples include eunuchs in Byzantine (ca. third–twelfth centur…

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Guy, Michelle Lee, “Sexualities: Transvestism: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0204>
First published online: 2009

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