Can women be called transvestites

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Dr., born 1957; Employee at the Institute for the History of Medicine, Charité; Employee of the Magnus Hirschfeld Society, Berlin. [email protected]

The change to clothing of the opposite sex and, often associated with it, the change of social sex have long been known in European history, but only came into medical attention in the late 19th century.

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Cross dressing - the change to clothing of the opposite sex - and, often associated with it, the change of social sex have long been known in European cultural history. [1] With a few exceptions [2], however, in view of the lack of autobiographical records, we know little about the motives and everyday social life of such historical persons, whose "true" gender was usually only discovered during criminological investigations or medical examinations in the event of illness or death, but then caused a sensation excited. There are no considerations about a corresponding cultural phenomenon from earlier times, nor was there a significant term. The persons concerned were assumed to have been deceived by law for unfair personal or political motives. In Germany today so-called Cross dresser until the middle of the 19th century as impostors and swindlers, some were even suspected of espionage.