Cross Dressing is the act of wearing clothing that is associated with the opposite sex within a society. Cross dressing occurs every single day across the country, and most of the time it goes unnoticed and unquestioned. Women wear men’s pants and shirts on a daily basis. Some women wear men’s shoes and even their underwear. Women cross dressing as men doesn’t stop with clothes either. Men’s wallets, sunglasses, watches, and even hair styles that are “masculine” are worn by women everyday. So why is it that very take a second look when a women dresses like a man, but most people would notice and even question a man that dresses as a woman?
First, I believe that the reasons for why men dress like women should be explored. There are those who think that a man dressing like a woman is homosexual, but few men who do cross dress are actually homosexual and few male homosexuals cross dress. So it should be quickly thrown out of your mind that a cross dressing male is gay. There is also the idea that men cross dress to show their feminine side. From an early age, male children are taught to be masculine and to not show feminine characteristics especially when it comes to feelings. Boys are taught not to cry, be tough, and even get dirty in many cultures around the world. So some men may wear women’s clothes or underwear under their own clothes in an attempt to be more in contact with their feminine side and not have others be able to know and ridicule them for it. Another reason why men may cross dress is simply because they like women’s clothes. If you think about the fact that many women’s clothes are made with appealing fabrics that are soft and luxurious while many men’s clothes are made to be tough and masculine, it does make a bit of sense that someone would want to wear the clothes that feel good. Even for the man that wears women’s underwear it make sense because women’s underwear are made in so many different designs and fabrics that just having the options may be appealing. Another reason why men may cross dress is so that they can feel the power a woman holds. Women have the power to turn heads when they walk into a room, they have the power to make jaws drop and get stuff without much effort at all.
So why do so many people see a man cross dressing as wrong? Many cultures believe that men should be masculine and separate from many aspects in women’s lives. A man helping his wife out with household chores is one of those things that is done behind closed doors so no one really has to know. When it comes to the public eye however, some men are less inclined to make themselves appear feminine in any way. The negative views that some people have about the subject go back to the idea that men should be men. This belief even goes as far as making women behaving like men more acceptable. When it all boils down, the message comes out as it is okay to be a man even if you aren’t a man, but its not okay to be a woman unless you are a woman. To answer the question, “why is it wrong for a man to dress like a woman?” requires that there is a better understanding of the society you are looking at. I honestly don’t understand why it is wrong so I cannot give an answer to that question, I can only give my opinion. Then again, that question doesn’t really have a “right” answer it only has opinions that can be given.