Male Femaling: A Grounded Approach to Cross-Dressing and Sex-Changing

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Ekins vividly details the innermost desires and the varied practices of males who wear the clothes of women for the pleasure it gives them (cross-dressers), or who wish to change sex and are actively going about it (sex-changers).

This unique and fascinating book transforms an area of study previously dominated by clinical models to look instead at cross-dressing and sex-changing as a highly variable social process, tracing the path of the ...
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Overview

Ekins vividly details the innermost desires and the varied practices of males who wear the clothes of women for the pleasure it gives them (cross-dressers), or who wish to change sex and are actively going about it (sex-changers).

This unique and fascinating book transforms an area of study previously dominated by clinical models to look instead at cross-dressing and sex-changing as a highly variable social process, tracing the path of the 'male femaler' from 'beginning' to 'consolidating' femaling. Based upon seventeen years of fieldwork, life history work, qualitative analysis, archival work and contact with several thousand cross-dressers and sex-changers, the book develops a theory of 'male femaling' which has major ramifications for both the field of 'transvestism' and 'transexualism', and for the analysis of sex and gender more generally.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415106252
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Foreword
Prologue 1
1 The Public and Private Faces of Cross-Dressing and Sex-Changing 11
2 Review of the Literature from the Standpoint of Grounded Theory 25
3 The Social Worlds of Cross-Dressing and Sex-Changing 33
4 Male Femaling, Masked Awareness Contexts and the Methodology of Grounded Theory 47
5 Beginning Male Femaling 61
6 Fantasying Male Femaling 71
7 Doing Male Femaling 86
8 Constituting Male Femaling 107
9 Consolidating Male Femaling 130
10 Conclusion 163
Notes 167
Bibliography 168
Index 177
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